Coming to the Table

I know that some of you woke up giddy with anticipation of this prestigious holiday while others grunted a silent “crap”.   Assuming we are all being honest with each other, this particular day can be a make or break for many families.  Let’s face it, you don’t gather with these people every day.  Maybe you have individuals who don’t particularly care for, like your Uncle Fred because of his inappropriate humor and avoid him.  Quite possibly Aunt Bertha drinks too much and goes on political rants.    Then there is cousin Michael who has had a chip on his shoulder since The Village People stopped touring.  He is delightful.  Yep, this is your group and I am here to inform you that it is only dinner.  A meal, that if you time it right, could be done in under two hours.

I don’t know many families that gather who look or act like the Norman Rockwell picture of perfection.   Holidays can bring up so many emotions.   I wrote about this yesterday how grief can come into play, but I don’t want everyone to think that it all has to suck.   Gratitude must come into the scene at some point.

I woke up this morning as I do most days full of gratitude.    My life is pretty amazing.  There have been changes but things have turned out better than I ever imagined.  My boys are doing well.  There is excitement on the horizon for Bryce.   We are healthy.   We are blessed.   Coming to the table with an attitude full of thanks can shift anyone’s perception.    We are all in this together.   Life isn’t a competition.   Let’s face it, no one is getting out alive. so by simply being grateful for the opportunity to participate in a meal with those in our family, that’s a gift.   Sure Aunt Bertha, Uncle Fred, and cousin Michael aren’t your favorite people, but there is a reason they are in your life.    Everyone we encounter is present to teach us.   What will you learn today?   Be mindful in this occasion and be ready to give thanks.

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