This time of year it is easy to get caught up in the craziness of the holidays.  The gifts, the shopping, cooking and planning can all get a bit stressful and we can lose sight of what the holidays are really about.  It is important to recognize when we are in that chaotic, stressful place and stop and take a moment to reflect.   Take a few minutes to sit quietly and recognize and appreciate all the amazing things and people in our lives.  Sometimes our instincts naturally focus on what we don’t have and we need to consciously bring our thoughts back to all the things we do have.

My kids were getting a little too caught up in the “I want” drill yesterday.  I made them stop what they were doing; I collected their electronics and decided they needed a little reality check.  We talked about how it is important to remember the things we have and people who care about us.  I reminded them that they are fortunate to have everything they need and lots of what they want.  They each got a piece of paper and a pen and wrote down all they were thankful for.  The first items on their list were “things”, so I had to guide them to acknowledge the other things, like family.  They did this and they seemed to get back on track. 

I try and practice gratitude daily, but Thanksgiving gives us an excuse to take the time and do this.  All it takes is a few minutes to shift the focus to gratefulness.  Take the time to do this for yourself and your kids. This simple shift can put everything back into perspective.