I kind of like the idea of taking one day out of the year to give thanks for everything you have in life. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, every now and then you should take the time to count your (many) blessings and thank the Universe for all the amazing things you are surrounded by.
We all have bad stuff happening, and it’s often easier to dwell on the difficult rather than be truly grateful for the magic that happens in our lives every day. We all take our friends, family, possessions, talents, freedom and lives for granted, and whether you’re American or not, I think Thanksgiving is the perfect time to celebrate what you’ve been blessed with.
I am a huge advocate in seeing the positive in life rather than the negative. Throughout my years of recovery, when it looked like I might never get better, I learned to appreciate the little bits I did have left. I spend every day being thankful for the friends I’ve made, the fun we have, the joy I’m surrounded by. I have a roof over my head, nice things and a good life. And I won’t ever forget it.
But I also know how hard it is to see through the darkness sometimes. When you’re overwhelmed by a bad job, or tragedy, break-up, illness or any of the many horrible other things that blight our existence. It’s easy to start hating the world and getting caught up in the negative.
So. Whether you are happy, sad or indifferent most days, I suggest that tomorrow at least, you sit and think about all the amazing things in your life, all the things you should be grateful for, and be truly thankful. Make a list of all these treasures if you have to, so you don’t forget them for the rest of the year.
And then I suggest you eat too much and get a bit merry…just like the Americans do!
The Big Easy on Kings Road has a 2-course meal, including Turkey with chestnut stuffing, roast sweet potatoes, green beans and home-made cranberry sauce, followed by a choice of either pumpkin or pecan pie, for just £19.99. If you’ve ever been to The Big Easy you’ll know you will come out well fed and very very happy, it’s amazing! They’ll also have a live band playing American classics to really get you in the mood. Go. Have fun. (And don’t forget to say thank you!)