We are approaching my favorite week of the year. Thanksgiving is, and has always been, my favorite holiday. To honor this very special week, I am going to write each day about something or someone I am thankful for.
For day one, I am thankful that my husband and I put ourselves first for once. Last week, we lived life by our terms and were able to escape with each other. I limited my technology use and checking of social media, and instead, focused on the present moment while taking in what I saw, what I heard, what I smelled, and every possible detail of where I was.
Our escape was one of the most peaceful weeks I have had in several years. We were able to live in the present, in the future, in the past, and in a fantasy world like no other. We laughed a lot and made so many memories. It was the best time we have ever spent with each other, despite the terrible pain and fatigue caused by a severely active Lupus flare (yes, Lupus is like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates…on any given day, you never know what you’re going to get.)
Based upon what I’ve seen and read since I’ve returned to reality, it was a good week to unplug. So much hatred, judgement, terror, fear, anger, arguing, hypocrisy. Everyone is right, yet everyone is wrong. I agree with everyone, yet I disagree with everyone. It’s quite the societal paradox at the moment.
There’s an episode of “Family Guy” where Peter Griffin says, “Well, sir, while I may not agree with what you say, I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” Various forms of this quote has been attributed to Voltaire, Oscar Wilde, and others.
To kindly put it, to those spending so much energy and time arguing, remember that we are all in this together. We have the right to our own opinions and to state those opinions. However, we have to remember to respect the opinions of others, even though they might be vastly different from ours.
Take care of each other.
By focusing on gratitude and unplugging, perhaps you can have a more positive peace of mind while taking in the sights, sounds, smells, and wonders around you, ones you might not notice if you are scrolling through your Facebook feed or writing an anger-filled comment. It’s a great week to do so.
Choose gratitude. Choose to live in the moment.
I’m so glad I did.