It doesn't feel at all like tomorrow is Thanksgiving, anyone with me on that? Nor can I believe that it'll be December next week.
They say time only goes faster as you get older.. I guess they weren't kidding.
Before tomorrow rolls around and inevitably we get blasted with huge newspapers full of ads and commercials for Black Friday, can we just take some time to first pause and be thankful? Even if you do it for thirty seconds after reading this.. just take a moment to reflect on your life.
Sure, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have tons of great deals.. prices you cannot beat.. but I can almost assure you that being present with the family and friends around you without hiding behind screens and having your face in the ads will beat any of the deals that you find. Don't let the pursuit of the hottest deals make you miss out on the precious moments spent together with those you love most.
Ya see, those deals, the big shebang that Black Friday & Cyber Monday have become, they're for just that.. things. We're a society that's overly focused on things and on what we don't have, and we wonder why there's so much negativity, hate, lust, and envy in the world.
Sure, we can buy things and treat ourselves, but once we get them, don't we typically feel a temporary satisfaction with it, then we're looking ahead and thinking of what else we need. We let this time of thanks give way to dreaming of obtaining the next hottest item, while losing focus and appreciation of the very life and blessings we've been given and the people around us.
As I've gotten older, things have become less important to me. People, relationships, experiences, those have become my strongest desire. I want an actual conversation without someone being too absorbed in their phone to pay attention, I want to ask questions that people don't typically ask because I want to know you more than just what's on the surface, I want to experience nature and all of the beauty in the world, go where the connection on a phone is weak. Yes, I do like to have things and I do like to be treated and to treat others, but that's not my highest priority.
To love, to serve, to listen, to hug, to hold someone's hand, to wake up early to watch a sunrise.. those are the things that make my heart happy, those are the things that money can't buy but that I wouldn't trade for anything in this world.
When it comes down to it, we can always buy more things, but we can't buy more time. We can't buy time back that we wished we would've been more present, that we wished we would've loved on people just a little harder, that we spent neglecting those around us because we were too focused on the physical items in the world around us.
This year, whatever it brought, think about it and take some time to truly be thankful. Sure it might not have been your best year, or maybe it was your best year yet, wherever you're at, be thankful because every good and bad moment was strung together for your good and molded you into the person you were created to be.
So in the next few days, slow down and just be present. I can almost promise you that being present will be an even better present to those around you than any gift ever could be.
Here are a few quotes/verses and a song to get you in the holiday spirit if you aren't so already.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all. May your hearts be full of love and laughter and sweet memories.