Happy Thanksgiving! I know that Thanksgiving might be different where you are, but at the end of the day, everyday should be a day of giving thanks. We live in such a chaotic and unpredictable world, and that’s why I honestly believe that amidst all the madness, we need to take a moment to ourselves each day and think of at least one thing that we are thankful for. It doesn’t matter how small or insignificant it might seem to others, as long as it’s something that keeps your glimmer of hope going, then that’s really all that matters.

If there ever is a day when things are so dark that you can’t even find one thing to be thankful for. Then, think back to when you were a kid, when jumping in a puddle made you giggle, when playing with a box was an adventure, when watching Saturday morning cartoons was magical, and when running and jumping around was just playing and not a workout. That inner child is always with you, untarnished, hidden deep beneath all the grown-up worries and fluff. It’s a beacon of hope, strength and resiliency.

The world is still your backyard, the possibilities are still endless, and kindness is always an option. So don’t let yourself get too bogged down by the craziness of the world around you. Let go of the anger, forgive or better yet forget the bad stuff and bury it in the past where it belongs. This Thanksgiving, be thankful for the opportunity to start over, to move forward, to live another day. Be thankful for the freedom to chose to be happy and kind. Also remember to be thankful for all those difficult people you come across, because they are a reminder of what you never want to become.

Don’t let your fears and excuses take over your life.  Whatever you do, don’t stay stuck because if you do, life will pass you by…Trust me, if there’s one thing I’ve learned on my sabbatical from life it’s that you can’t run away from life. As hard and challenging as life may be, it gets so much better once you stop worrying about it and instead just start living and enjoying it!  So get living! Be bold, be brave, laugh, love, run, jump, leap!


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