You have the power to create your story says Michael Margolis in his latest brief video, Realizing the power of your story.
You can create a story of loss and conflict intermingled with joy, or you can take the joy, recognize the conflicts and create the Thanksgiving you want for yourself and your family. If you don’t have family available, you can create a sense of belonging by giving your time to others who don’t have family. New traditions help create a new and different story if you want change. I like to take from the past and add my own story to create the warmth and traditions I want to bring to my family.
We have a small family group this year for Thanksgiving. My mother is not with us this year, my sister and her husband are traveling, and one daughter’s family lives out of state. But we will have a wonderful Thanksgiving with my daughter, son-in-law, two grandkids, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law. We will share favorite Thanksgiving food, and I am planning to create an uplifting Thanksgiving story this year.
Shortly before Thanksgiving, my daughter that is out of state, met me on a layover flight and went with me to Boston to help with my husband’s aunt. His aunt was very thankful that we would come and take care of some much needed business. Then I met a cousin I hadn’t seen in many years. I wondered what could cause these separations where families don’t see each other and maybe not even hear about one another. I was just thankful for all of the connections I was able to make.
Whatever your family situation, you have the opportunity to create your own values and beliefs through your stories and celebrations. You can create your own happiness and fill in any gaps in your life. Make it a blessed Thanksgiving and share your happiness.