Depending on who you talk to the idea of Thanksgiving can either posses a positive or negative connotation, and sometimes, it can even get political. Now, I’m not here to really dissect one or the other, but most people here in the US of A have a couple of days off this time of year. What I ask of you is to think how are you going to approach the next couple of days?
Are you going to choose to be stressed out about family or that you will have a mountain of things at work to go back to? Are you going to be concerned that all the food is going to destroy your current diet plans or dread the foreseeable travel either by car or plane or train?
I recently found this video about stress, take a peek if you have a couple of minutes…
Basically, the video explains that we as humans have the unique ability to change the way we feel. I would really like to believe that you CAN CHOOSE to feel great!
You might start to feel excited about the rare chance you get to see all your family members OR that work doesn’t have to control your life. Maybe you can start to appreciate the bounty of homemade food that you and your loved ones prepared or that maybe a 4 hour drive or 6 hour flight is all worth it to see the ones you love.
Some of you might find this fluff or nonsense, and, maybe it is. However, I would like to believe that we have much more control over our mood than we tend to think. I chose to NOT hate on the 5 people in front of me that ordered the most complicated and time-consuming coffee-like beverage at my local cafe this morning (it gave me time to read the paper before heading to work!) just like I choose to NOT stress out when it starts pouring on me while biking home. Someone once told me that time is the one thing that you can never get back. So, are you going to spend time being upset and frustrated OR appreciative and happy?
So this is part of the reason we close the shop on ‘Black Friday.’ If you care for your friends and family, then spend the time with them instead of rushing off to buy things you probably don’t even need in the first place, and be mindful when you are together. Listen, laugh, cry, and really be present. Be there for them (and yes, put your phone down!).
In the end, I hope you all have a great time with whatever you all do, with whomever you choose to spend the next couple of days with. Happy Thanksgiving everybody from me and everyone at Rev!