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The Thanksgiving ONE Thing

Updated: Oct 7, 2019

What can you do to make Thanksgiving meaningful for you?

Last week’s Weekly ONE Thing question was "What is ONE Thing you will say NO to this week in order to say YES to something you value even more?" I said I was going to say NO to TV for the week and YES to my writing projects. I did say NO to TV and I kept my commitment. However, the TV was on sometimes when my son or husband put on sports, (even when I told them I was on a TV fast), but it didn’t really matter because even if it was on, I wasn’t watching it. Saying NO to TV did free up some time, although not as much as I thought it would. I did get one of my writing projects complete and a good start on another one. I also finished reading a book and started a new one that I have been wanting to make time for. So overall, I feel like the project was a success. I think I will keep a limit on my TV consumption to only when I am working out or if it is a special time with family or a special reward for myself.

I would love to hear anything that you learned from last week’s experiment if you tried it. It is interesting that when we are very conscious of how we use our time, we find a way to do the things that are most important to us first.

For this week’s question, I will tie it into the Thanksgiving Theme. This week’s question is, “What is ONE thing you can do to make this Thanksgiving meaningful for you?” It might be to have a family dinner. It might be to serve Thanksgiving dinner at a homeless shelter. It could be to let someone special to you know how much you appreciate them. It might be to do something kind for yourself to show your appreciation for the hard work you do and contributions you make. It could be a big gesture like making a youtube video on gratitude or it could just be a small gesture of appreciation to someone. Whatever you decide, make it something that feels meaningful to you.

For me, I am going to host a Thanksgiving dinner for my family. This isn't anything new because I have hosted my family for lots of holiday events before. What is new this year is that I am going to be kind to myself by ordering in pizza instead of making a turkey. I want to have fun spending the day with my family and I don’t want to be stressed, fussing in the kitchen. I don’t want the focus to be on the beautiful meal that will be eaten and forgotten in minutes. I want to be able to sit and talk to everyone without being distracted by my hostess responsibilities. And that will also free me up to add a new tradition that I just devised. I am going to give everyone little note papers to write something that they are grateful for about each member of the family. Everyone will get their own little loot bag to collect their notes (and I may have some treats to add to the bags). That way everyone can leave with a bag of rainy day notes to read on days when they are feeling down. I know my family will complain, as the often do with my unusual ideas, but I also know they will appreciate the exercise in the end. And even if they don’t, it will be fun for me!

As always, I look forward to hearing from you. What will you do this week to make Thanksgiving meaningful for you? Please share anything you would like in the comments below, on Facebook or in our Weekly ONE Thing Facebook Group! We might get good ideas from each other.

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