Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.- Oprah Winfrey
For my mom and I, this Thanksgiving will be our third one without my dad, since he passed away, and I’ve been thinking a lot about him, as I usually do every day, and what it means to still be grateful, for things in my life, even though he’s no longer here. I’m going to be honest and tell you that some days, when you’re missing someone you love, it’s hard to feel grateful or thankful for anything even though you don’t want to feel that way.
Last night, I was feeling a bit low and decided to go through some of our old family photos in the basement. As I sat on the cold floor, I combed through photos of us having fun on family vacations, enjoying new puppies together and exploring the world as a tight knit family of three. Of course I cried, as I usually do when going through photos, but this time something was different.
Rather than feeling drowned by sadness, I started to think how I’ve been so fortunate to live such a beautiful life filled with love and family all thanks to my mom and dad. Even though I’m going to miss him every day for the rest of my life, I’m so grateful that I got to spend twenty six amazing years with him. I’m going to do my best to try to do things that I know would make him proud. I know I still have so much to be thankful for.
This year as you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, with your family, try to remember that it really isn’t about the turkey or the holiday shopping. Don’t even worry if your turkey turns out a bit dry! Instead, look at each face around your table and tell them how grateful you are that they’re in your life. Be thankful for their love because in the end that’s really all there is.