Thanksgiving week is more than a few days off. In fact, it can be a contentious time. No matter how busy you are, there’s a unique pressure placed on people to show up. There are expectations to be with family (which can be good or bad…or both) and to spend obscene amounts of money on gifts for people you care about. This can cause a lot of stress. Not to mention, there’s an all around festive mood in the air that can be hard to match when you’re hard-wired focused on your passion.
This is supposed to be a time to share what we are thankful for but a lot of our situations make it hard for us to step outside of ourselves to fully realize that. Some of us might love the holiday season and some might respond cynically. Whatever your views, I think in the spirit of the holiday, we should take advantage of this designated time to be thankful.
I’m not a lecturer. I’m not here to pretend that I know all the answers. That’s not why I show up for you each week. I won’t pretend that everything is cheery just because the season demands it. I don’t even believe that there should even be a holiday dedicated to being thankful. But, hear me out.
I’m thankful 24/7. Every second I get to work on my dreams, I remember a time where I wasn’t able to do that. I am grateful for all the work I’ve done to get here and for the future I’m building. Most of all, I’m thankful for my amazing, supportive and accomplished circle of family and friends who keep me grounded. We share all highs and lows; they are there to celebrate with me and to lift me up. I’m lucky to have that. I don’t ever forget that.
Entrepreneurs are a focused bunch. Sometimes, the people closest to us might have to pull us away to help us remember where we are in the moment. I know business owners have no formal designated work hours, but take advantage of the fact that most of your family or friends with regular jobs have the time off. Spend time with those you care most about.
Be generous – not just with money or gifts – but with your time. Help mom out in the kitchen, set the table or clean the dishes. Share advice with your younger siblings or listen attentively to an older relative tell their stories. These moments are precious and sadly, you can’t get them back. Be there for the people who are always there for you.
Most of all, remember – what are you thankful for 24/7? What is something you are so lucky to have everyday? Remember that. Cherish it. Acknowledge that for more than just one day out of the year.
Wishing you a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday!