For some of us, Thanksgiving is a time for gathering with family, eating more than we should, and falling asleep in a recliner in front of a football game. For some of us, Thanksgiving is a time of stress, knowing we’ll be sharing space with people we love but with whom we disagree passionately. For some of us, Thanksgiving is a lonely time, spent apart from dear ones. For some of us, Thanksgiving is a work day, full of meeting others’ needs.
Whatever your Thanksgiving looks like, I invite you to read through the list below and join me in a challenge that expresses gratitude for all that we are and all that we have through self-care, connection, service, and resistance.
- Take a nap.
- Read an article, watch a video, or listen to a podcast from a Native American point of view.
- Tell someone three specific reasons you are grateful for him/her/them.
- Challenge a fear-mongering or prejudiced statement.
- Fully embrace your pledge not to listen to Christmas music before Advent – or play your list of favorite holiday tunes on an endless, joy-inducing loop. (I’ll be doing the latter.)
- Eat something delicious.
- Engage in an act of community service or make a donation to a service organization.
- Jump in a leaf pile.
- Stay out of the shopping fray on Thanksgiving Day.
- Have a conversation with someone who knows and loves the whole of you – and about whom you feel the same.
- Help with the cooking, the dishes, or the trash.
- Move your body, whether by participating in a Turkey Trot or simply by walking around the block.
- Thank God for your life, your call, and your people.