No sugar coating….

No sugar coating, many people are hurting this year for Thanksgiving. The dark clouds of the struggles are the main thoughts in much of America today. The celebrations will undoubtedly be different, some by the absence of those who have passed, some from sheer lack of money for the food traditions serves, and most from following safety guidelines that prevent them from holding large traditional gatherings. You can probably relate to at least one of these scenario’s.

“Accept the things I cannot change”

There are still Blessings. The loss of a loved one can bring awareness of how those that still remain really matter to you. It makes you appreciate that connection you have with them. We are made painfully aware that tomorrow is not promised. Words that once would have sounded corny upon expressing, now seem vital to say. That is a serious Blessing. It is an opportunity to change this for the better and eliminate regrets later on.

“The courage to change the things I can”

Mindset is the basis of your actions. Will you emit overwhelming sadness and despair today, or will you focus on and express appreciation for the Blessings that remain?

“The wisdom to know the difference”

We can’t always change the circumstances of our lives, but we can choose how to react to them and we can make today count in the moments that turn into memories forever locked in our hearts. Today is that opportunity to feel the serenity of love that surrounds you still. Notice the Blessings and soak them in. Love one another. Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless!

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference – Reinhold Niebuhr

Melody Belliveau

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