The Start of the Season of Thanks
Not only is November cold, but the sun sets at an absurdly early time of day, which makes everyone believe it's midnight when it's only 5pm.
November doesn't get as much hype as some of the other months, but I do love the month of November for the following two reasons: my best friend ("little" sister) was born in November and this month begins the season of thanks.
Thanksgiving is the perfect day to indulge in food and drinks and most importantly, dessert! Seeing friends and family on this day should remind us of the blessings we each are gifted with.
I always try to help my mum in whatever way she needs before any holiday. As I get older, I appreciate more and more how much mothers do for everyone. I firmly stand by each and every lyric from Luke Bryan's "Most People are Good" song, especially the line that goes,
And most mama's oughta qualify for sainthood.
From decorating the tables to preparing food the night before, it is always nice to offer a helping hand even when someone doesn't ask.
By giving thanks, we appreciate the smaller and simpler things in life a little more. My younger cousin Jack (seen here) volunteered to say grace at Thanksgiving dinner, and his simple words put my older sister and I to tears. Obviously, we were made fun of by the rest of the family for crying... we weren't even quite sure why we cried, but needless to say. it was beautiful. It's the simpler things that make life more special, I think.
As December approaches, I think it's important to take a step back from the craziness of life and reflect on who/what you're thankful for. Go give someone that hug, write them a note, or send them a picture. Whatever you do, try to appreciate the simpler things first, as those extraneous things you're dwelling on won't matter in five minutes, five months, or five years from now.
As we count our blessings, it's always important to pray for those who are not as fortunate as us. If you see someone on the street, I encourage you to pop a smile and greet him/her. If you see someone struggling, it might be nice to give him/her a snack or some mittens! No matter the situation, a simple gesture goes a long way.
Happy November Everyone!
Now, what are you thankful for?
Love, Michaela Kelli