This Thanksgiving, I look back on the many things we should all be thankful for. However, I’m most compelled by my family and friends who have lost loved ones over the past two years. Whether it was due to covid or other circumstances, losing someone close to you – especially unexpectedly and suddenly – is unimaginable. From sons and daughters, mothers and fathers to aunts and uncles, spouses and significant others, many people in my circle are dealing with these losses on this Thanksgiving Day.
I can’t help but feel for my family and friends who are dealing adjusting to this feeling on this holiday. It is an adjustment, and it never gets better with time. There will always be a part that’s not quite ever there or filled. However, there are many reasons to be thankful.
" Be present in all things and thankful for all things. " ~ Maya Angelou
Thankful for the impact that person had on your life. Thankful for the long-lasting impression that will forever live in your heart. And most importantly, thankful for all the great memories and experiences you and that person shared.
Those are items that can never be destroyed or taken away. I share with everyone who is suffering a loss during this holiday season; please remember to be thankful in the present does not mean that you’ve forgotten the past, and you learn to appreciate it more.