Better late than never, but never late is better. – Anonymous

 

T H A N K F U L

The year is 2017, and I planned to spend my son’s first Thanksgiving holiday at home. It’s not that I didn’t want him to be surrounded by loved ones on this special day; but between me and his dad working the day before & the day after…we were just going to relax at home. E was going to spend his time playing his video game, while I played with David, relaxed and watched T.V. Of course, things didn’t quite go as planned though. You know what? I’m thankful that the itinerary changed. Thanksgiving 2017 was a day to remember, and it was one of the most humbling experiences in my life. 

The I N V I T E

Okay, so I’m sure you want to know what made Thanksgiving this year so dope, right? I promise I am about to get to that! But first I feel the need to give this disclaimer: We didn’t go over relatives house for Thanksgiving. Davids grandparents on both sides saw him before Thanksgiving, either in person or on Facetime. I know, I know…how can we spend his first Thanksgiving away from the family, right?  T I R E D ! We were tired from working, lol. Any-who, we ended up still spending the day with loved ones. They extended an unexpected invitation, and we I eagerly accepted. I was beside myself with joy, as it felt like years since I had been around them. There were so many things going through my head prior to Thanksgiving with them! What made them invite us? Was it going to be like we never left? Should we bring more to dinner than what they asked us to bring? Do I deserve to share this day with them? I told you…I had so many questions in my head lol. Nevertheless, The Eversleys weren’t spending the Thanksgiving holiday at home this year.

F R I E N D S G I V I N G 2K17

I have heard the term “friendsgiving” in the past, but I’ve never put much thought into it. Not until this year. This year, we spent the holiday with my best friends family, and during the time we spent…I re-learned many valuable lessons that I’ve forgotten throughout the years – the biggest one being how to show gratitude. 

C O M P L A C E N T

This Thanksgiving spent with people close to me reminded me that I’ve become complacent with my positioning in other people’s lives. I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve seen myself as a value to others, but started to lose sight of how valuable they are to me. I’ve never been the one to admit I am conceited, but this year got me thinking…am I? Do I think of myself more than I think of those around me? As we were snapping pictures, tasting the food before it was placed on the table, & holding karaoke sessions, I realized in those moments that I had not been the best friend I should’ve been…but yet here I was; privy to the same environment that once upon a time I felt entitled too. The same goes for how I have treated my family in the past; downplaying the different ways I may have taken them for granted.  After the loving Thanksgiving, I’ve been making it a point to re-evaluate my character.

N E W Y E A R – IMPROVED ME

I’m not perfect, by a long shot. I know there are areas of my life that I can work on improving; especially when it comes to appreciating my family & friends. I’m not going into 2018 with the whole ” #NewYearNewMe” BS (excuse my french), I would much rather be an improved me.  I want to go into the new year expressing appreciation for those around me, being consistent in my friendships, in my family.

T H A N K F U L . All 2018 (and the remainder of 2017, of course). That is my goal. I can’t tell you that it’s an easy one to reach, or that I won’t backtrack from time to time. Thanksgiving 2017, thank you for reminding me of just a few reasons to be thankful.

What are you thankful for? Tell me all about it in the comments!

 

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