The Long Thanksgiving Weekend

In Creating Happiness by Barbara Jacoby

I don’t know about you but this 4-day weekend was just what I needed. After a wonderful traditional dinner that Kirk and I shared, we kicked off the Christmas season by lighting our tree and enjoying the last of the holiday’s football games. And I knew that I could sleep in the next morning and had absolutely nothing that I needed to do for the next 3 days.

Now don’t get me wrong. Having 3 days with nothing that I had to do didn’t mean that I didn’t accomplish anything. But I spent the time sharing it with Kirk and having lots of fun. I shopped online for Christmas gifts and I found a few things for myself. I watched football and some holiday movies. And somewhere along the way, I found the holiday spirit.

For 4 days, I did not think about the economy nor did I watch the news channels non-stop to make sure I knew what was going on. I didn’t think about work and everything that I would have to do when I returned on Monday. I proceeded through my days with a mindset that I haven’t had for some time now. I let go of the past and stayed in the moment and laughed and smiled and enjoyed each moment. And although it takes a lot of work, I am going to remain in the present and have all of the fun moments that I can possibly make.

Having had this time off has helped me to put things into perspective. I think that I am going to set aside a couple more of these 4-day breaks throughout the year for rest and revitalization and playing. It is so refreshing and invigorating. I need more fun and less seriousness. After all, life is whatever we choose to make of it. It is time to go back to being the person that I used to be with lots of smiles for everyone and tons of laughter to fill my days.

And if I remember correctly, a ton of light-hearted, predictable Christmas movies thrown together into marvelous marathons will just do the trick. And each day I will try to think of something that would be very special for one person on my gift list so that by the time the holiday arrives, I won’t have any last minute stresses. This year I do intend to make it a matter of “it’s the thought that counts”. And if I do get into this habit during the holiday season, I think that will make it easier to continue it long after the last Christmas decoration has been tucked away for another year.