As you read this, it will be November 16 or 17, and Thanksgiving is very close with other holidays close behind. This will not be a Thanksgiving like any other so our preparations must be a lot different from other years. Our anxieties, worries, concerns, and maybe disappointments need to be handled with love and gentleness. Give yourself the mental space and unearned grace to let things be different this year so that next year we can all celebrate together. I want everyone to be safe so that you will be with us next year too!
For planning purposes, try to get the things that are needed in advance. Think about how you will be able to eat safely with your immediate family members, with others, or how you will handle being by yourself. Can Mr. Amazon deliver a surprise that will make you or your loved ones laugh?
Buy a box of notecards and say thank you to the people who have helped you this year: the dentist who retired; the pastor who is now providing virtual services, the teacher who is teaching in class and virtually at the same time. And let’s say thank you to the hairdresser who keeps you looking well all year and even takes your temperature when you walk in so that you and she will be safe.
And what about you? What is your abstinence? What are the choices you need to make for a safe holiday, foodwise? Who will you eat with? How will you keep yourself safe? How about a Thanksgiving Day Zoom meeting? Or a call to your sponsor or a friend or someone who is struggling?
Take the time to let your focus be on others and their needs.
And how will you spend the days when you are alone? Will you put your jammies and blanket in the dryer to warm them while you shower and then curl up with a good book or movie? Or how about a puzzle? Or needlework/or yarn? Or heaven forbid – cleaning that drawer?
And remember to have a long conversation with whatever Higher Power you believe in.
Ask for what you want or need.
Ask how you can be of service to others.
In these turbulent times, ask that The Universe do what is for our nation’s highest good.
Be careful of protecting yourself when you go out into the world. You are too precious to take chances.
Let these weeks be weeks of love, peace, and real giving of thanks!
Watch for our holiday program with information being posted on Sanefood.com soon.
Blessings to you,