November brings with it cooler temperatures, beautiful fall colors, and the smell of holiday baking in the air. For some this a truly a time for Thanksgiving while for others they have to dig deep to find something to be thankful for. For me it is a mixture of both joy and sorrow. I have many things to be thankful for but it is sprinkled with depression that I have to fight. When I was young, we always went to my dad’s parents to celebrate. When I got married we would spend half the day with my family then the other half with his family. When I had children the holidays came to my house. I was the hostess with the mostest. I did every thing from deviled eggs to dressing. The ham and turkey was left to guys and the smoker. My house was filled with family and friends.
Now that my kids are grown, I spend most holidays alone. But even when my house was full, I still sometimes felt alone. I was busy making sure everything was perfect but I was very alone. I longed for the perfect family you see on the Hallmark Channel, but that hasn’t been my experience. I have learned after many years of feeling sorry for myself, I can make the most of what I have. It isn’t about how many people you have around you. The people can’t make you happy, you have to find happiness within your heart.
This year, I plan on having an amazing November filled with joy and laughter! Many Caffe Lattes and spiced candles. Dancing my cares away and laughing at myself. I’ve been taking life to seriously. So it’s time to enjoy life in the slow lane.
Reflections: Life is too short to sweat the small stuff. Life is ever changing, go with it. Enjoy the life God has given you with all the ups and downs. If you aren’t happy on the inside, it doesn’t matter how many people or lack of people that are around you, they can’t make you happy. Dance a little. Sing a little. Smile and Laugh a Lot!! Find your happy place, find your Joy. It’s not always easy but keep seeking and you will find it.