Open Up and Let It Flow

by tinareale on November 21, 2012

Oh, joy for today! Thanksgiving awaits just around the corner and I get to welcome my family into our home for the night and through the day tomorrow. I love this holiday. While it holds much less meaning to me than Christmas, I tend to appreciate the actual celebration on Thanksgiving Day slightly more than the hustle and bustle and presents that can surround Christmas Day.

I value the extra time spent relaxing and bonding with family, instead of rushing through to get to the next place on the schedule. I value the sense of gratitude and sharing those things for which we feel thankful, instead of having to wonder if Aunt Suzy appreciates her present. I value the simplicity of this holiday – the leisurely morning, the bonding in the kitchen while preparing everything, the lingering meal with quality conversation, and following it all with family Christmas decorating and a movie night snuggled on the couch together.

This holiday isn’t about a quick thank you before diving right into a frenzied shopping spree to forget all of that gratitude. It’s about resetting our thoughts on things above – things that are lovely, true, and worth something. I know first hand how quickly a lack of thanksgiving can infiltrate back into our minds and hearts. I wish we could always hold our gratitude tightly and closely to our hearts.

Perhaps therein lies the problem. We try to grasp thanksgiving rather than opening our hearts to share it with others, allowing it to flow freely from us and then to freely return back to us – filling us with the love, peace, joy, and hope that comes along with it. Today, I open my grasp and hope to pass along words of love and, above all, gratitude to you all today. Carry these with you – in your mind for today, in your attitude for tomorrow, and in your heart for forever.


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Your Turn: What blessings do you have to be thankful for today? What is one way you plan to live out your gratitude this week?


1 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 21, 2012 at 8:13 am

This is so beautifully written, Tina! My problem with Thanksgiving has always been that we RUSH through it, almost as if it doesn’t exist between Halloween and Christmas. I’m someone who has worked in the retail and food industries and experienced the lack of Thanksgiving that can happen in our lives especially because of Black Friday. This year I am so thankful that I get to spend the holiday with my family (the first time in at least 4 years). I have to work bright and early on Black Friday, but since I moved back home for a few months, it also means I get so spend the holiday with my family. I’ll take it! :)

2 Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness November 21, 2012 at 8:38 am

What a beautiful post Tina! Thank you for this!

3 Kathy November 21, 2012 at 9:04 am

Very nice post…time to relax and enjoy the family while reflecting on those who are no longer with us and how our life is but a breath!


4 Amanda @ Romancing the Unusual November 21, 2012 at 9:09 am

Great post. I love the extra time with my family and seeing loved ones that I don’t get to see that often. Thanksgiving may just be my favorite holiday!

5 Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean November 21, 2012 at 9:16 am

happy thanksgiving, friend :)

6 Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete November 21, 2012 at 9:16 am

This is a great post. I think it’s so easy to get caught up in the holidays with shopping/food/decorating (which are all great & fun!) and forget about the true meaning of these holidays – appreciating and being thankful for all we have. I’m definitely guilty of letting it all roll off my back pretty quickly after Thanksgiving is over. This year, though, i’m making a concerted effort to really THINK about what I’m thankful for, be grateful for the things I have and give to others.

7 Stefanie @ Thin Vegetarian November 21, 2012 at 10:04 am

Beatiful post. Happy Thanksgiving!

8 jobo November 21, 2012 at 10:26 am

LOVE the theme of your post and partially because it is similar to mine – GRATITUDE! This is a holiday I plan to live as simply as I possibly can, and enjoy every moment. No stress. Just enjoy. Hope you have a wonderful time with your family!!

9 Linz @ Itz Linz November 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm

My health, happiness, and family. Happy Thanksgiving! xoxo

10 Julia H. @ Live Young & Prosper November 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Well said. I love Thanksgiving, too, but will admit that Christmas usually overshadows it for me. This year, though, I’ve been unusually excited for Turkey Day…maybe because I’ve been feeling particularly grateful about things in my life lately. Or maybe because, like you said, it’s just such a relaxing holiday! No running around openings gifts or going anywhere. Just staying in the house, eating, & bonding with family.

11 Sharla November 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Beautifully written and a topic I have been struggling with lately. It is so easy to drift into a bad attitude when we are BEYOND BLESSED!! We always have several places to “make appearances” on the holidays due to split families and it’s not always enjoyable. I’m going to try and savor the moments we do have with family this year.

12 Olivia Hill @ life as liv November 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm

What great reminders! It’s something I definitely needed to read today. :)

13 Jess November 22, 2012 at 9:35 pm

As I sit here on the couch in my jammies, watching the Pats game with Scott while snuggling on the couch, I’m sitting here and looking back at our day and I’m just happy. Simply happy. We hosted our first thanksgiving together this year and it was just a fantastic day. And like you said, it was simple. Good food, great conversation and lots of memories made. It was perfect. I hope your day was beautiful and filled with love and fabulous food my dear, xo!

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