In November we are thankful, right?
It is early November with Thanksgiving just around the corner, its the time of year when we think about being thankful. Today is cold and rainy. My daily walk is cancelled, so I am sitting in the lobby at work writing. I want to post a blog this weekend and I have no idea what I want to write about. My list of blog ideas at home. As I sit here facing a blank page, I decide to free-write.
Free writing is an exercise I learned in one of my writing classes in college. Just start. Write. You will get somewhere if you do and nowhere if you don’t. Just do it!
November is here and if you are like me, you wonder “how did that happen?” The Texas summer that seemed endless is now over. The weather is cold. 46 degrees kind of cold, and I am not handling it well.
I’ve been back in the office for a few months now and I am not handling it well either.
I need to cut back on what I am trying to accomplish outside work, because I am not handling it well.
My family is going through some tough times and although for the most part I am prayerful and optimistic, today, I am not handling it well.
The holidays are approaching fast, and I wonder if I can manage it all. Can I navigate my schedule gracefully? Probably not.
What is the answer?
So, what is the answer for my sad state of affairs? What do I do with these feelings of inadequacy, not feeling very grateful, worried, weary, and maybe a bit overwhelmed?
I remember that I have been in this place before and I have developed a way to work it out. I want to share some thoughts on this with you in case you are feeling the same way too.
What I do
The first thing I do is STOP!
Next, I evaluate. I ask myself what is important. What are my goals? Are they realistic? Probably not.
Then, I give myself a little grace and eliminate items from my list and events from my calendar that don’t align with what I want to do. I give myself permission to not feel guilty. Let’s call it “being reasonable”.
I step back and pause because at this point, I may be tempted to give into the feeling of “I can’t do this.” I remind myself why my goals matter and think about what is at stake if I give up all together.
As a person of faith, I remember how the Lord encourages me through scripture, nature, people.
A verse the Lord reminded me of
What we need to remind ourselves of
I remind myself to ask for help when I feel overwhelmed. Asking for help is not easy for me. But if I let go of tasks when they are too much and ask someone to help, then maybe I won’t feel overwhelmed. It is certainly worth a try.
I ask myself, can I rest more when I feel tired? Can I pull out my warm clothes for this colder weather and reassure myself that if I bundle up, I won’t feel so cold.
I especially need to ask myself, can I pray and ask for strength and guidance when I need it? Can I be grateful for what I have and what I can do? Can I say thank you?
Why we need Thanksgiving
I think this is why we need Thanksgiving. It’s not because we are such good and grateful people, but because we are not. We need Thanksgiving, because we need to be reminded that we can do these things; take care of ourselves, ask for help, be grateful, and say thank you. We can celebrate our goals and be generous with what we have. We can change it all around and come out with a new perspective. I did.
In the midst of feeling discouraged, I am able to find some joy in the small things. There is a sense of joy that comes when you count your blessings. If you are feeling like me, join me. After all, we have a whole holiday season geared to help us do this and there is pumpkin pie and whipped cream to top it off.
Being thankful is just like free writing. Just start. Write it out. You will get somewhere if you do and nowhere if you don’t. Just do it!
To celebrate 250 sales on Etsy and becoming an Etsy Star Seller I am giving away a Watercolor Print Gift Set. The winner of the Giveaway gets to chose from one of four sets.
The giveaway is taking place on my Instagram account, @ruthieonart2. To participate you need to:
- Follow my Instagram account @ruthieonart2, if you don’t already.
- Like a post referring to the Giveaway and comment which gift set you would like to win. I will be posting Giveaway posts all week.
- For bonus entries tag a friend or friends who you think might be interested in my art. Each tag is an entry.
- For three entries signup for my newsletter blog HERE.
Do this from Monday November 8, 2021, through Saturday, November 13, 2021, at midnight.
I will announce the winner first in the next newsletter next week and then in a post on my Instagram account.