Hi, As we go into a Covid Thanksgiving let us remember to give thanks for all the things we have and that we may not have realized were so important. This holiday season many are struggling with food, homeschooling, work, homes and money. If you are not feeling this impact and have full bellies, then you are truly blessed. Each person may have different things to be thankful for deep down what is important to you may be just as important to someone else. This Thanksgiving it is my hope that you can use what is important and find a way to help someone else. Food banks are in need of all types of foods, even one can of vegetables or a jar of peanut butter can make a difference. Maybe write a card to kids in our system of care, as they are either back on lockdown in some places, not able to see their families, or in foster care not sure what is next. It is so unsettling, and people feel sad. Depression and anxiety are already hurting everyone. If we can do what we can in our level of comfort to help others it is a win-win. I have written about this before, helping others helps you. You feel good and someone else feels a bit better. Even if you feel like you have absolutely no one helping you out and you are feeling at your absolute worst; have a cry and then pick yourself up and find someway to help. It is not always easy or comfortable but the long-term benefits of doing will make this holiday season more meaningful and hopefully build long term positive memories. Like in the movie In and Out, one that my brother references a lot when he has to self-talk his way toward something, he is unsure of he says, “Joy, engage brain for happy thoughts.” It is an image he can relate to and go back to. This can be true for everyone. Changing direction, giving to others, being thankful is not comfortable but it may just be what we all need to remember where we are and where we want to be physically and emotionally to see out 2020!
Happy Thanksgiving week.----Ava