In the wee hours of the morning my brain is usually clicking away. I wish I could say I was dreaming but no I am usually wide awake and thinking. Sometimes it is nonsense that runs around in my head but most times it is all about connections.
It is logical today since this is Thanksgiving week that I would wake to thinking about how we connect to people. It is a time to connect with family and/or friends. There is a hope for a short break in the usual activities of life to bring people together. A time to just be with people we care about. A time to chat, take a walk and eat way to much food that has way to much butter in it.
Unfortunately the world around us is spinning in a more negative light. The morning news in Minneapolis shared the shooting of 5 peaceful protesters. Belgium is shut down in fear and trying to protect everyone, people running for public office in the U.S are not remembering what we hope to stand for as a country and on this holiday week we are also reminded of our history – that the people who came to build a nation did not embrace a nation of people who were already living on this land.)
The world is complicated. It can be a hard place to live but it is the only place we have.
I hope and pray that here in the United States as we take time to celebrate this week of giving thanks we also take time to connect with what that really means.
- Being thankful for others – that means everyone
- Being thankful for what we have – that means sharing with others
- Being thankful for where we live – that means caring for it
- open a door for someone
- talk to the neighbor you do not know
- help someone carry their groceries to the car or bus
- give someone a hug
Reach beyond your daily life to connect in any way you can.