The Thanksgiving holiday is perhaps my favorite of the year. It presents a rare opportunity in the midst of a busy season to connect with family and friends, enjoy delicious food, and reorient our mindset to one of gratitude and abundance.
But even more than those fundamental joys, I am growing to realize that what I appreciate most about the day is the opportunity to be still. Make no mistake: in the run-up to Thanksgiving at our home, there is a flurry of activity. What began as four people around a small table has exploded to include more people than we have plates to serve. We spend days planning, preparing, and pre-cooking. Sharing the highlights of our city with visiting family members. Coordinating and confirming details with local guests. And from the moment we awake on Thursday morning, we are in full-on "go" mode - playing our respective parts to orchestrate all of the elements arriving on the dining room table at the appointed hour.
But then we sit. Still.
We laugh and linger.
We allow ourselves to be fully present in a way that seems so elusive for much of the rest of the year. And irrespective of what else is happening in our lives or the world, our spirits are lifted.
Similar to gratitude, stillness and its accompanying lightness should not be reserved for a single day of the year - nor just one season. Whatever your holiday traditions and planned celebrations in the coming months, I encourage you to choose moments in which you can be perfectly still. To pause in your "doing" and instead focus on "being" - present, connected, and at peace.