“He is a wise man
who does not grieve for the things which he has not,
but rejoices for those which he has.”
~Epictetus, Greek philosopher and a very wise guy
There are lots of reasons not to be crazy about this holiday.
- Putting up with kids that aren’t yours,
- in-laws who have an uncanny ability to push all your buttons,
- license to over-eat and over-drink,
- conversations that are either too intense or too boring,
- my personal favorite, a lot of tongue-biting just to get through the day in one piece.
I can only imagine that for many of us this Thanksgiving may rise to new heights of stressful. The confusion, grieving, fear and anger are still raw. For the sake of the children, and our own state of mind, let’s refocus. Thanksgiving is a time of healing, bringing together and above all love.
Give yourself permission to feel OK
Allowing yourself to be happy does not mean that you’ve accepted a situation you do not like, or that you are done trying to figure out your place in a changed world.
Processing the PTSD (Post-Trump Stress Disorder), figuring out what to do next will take time. For today please take the opportunity to be OK.
Written by Dr Elvira G. Aletta
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