This week we celebrated Thanksgiving in the United States. This is typically a day where families and friends get together and eat LOTS of food, watch sports on TV and enjoy each other’s company (or put up with those annoying family members that we have to see at these times of the year). It’s a day to give thanks for family, friends, life, and all the wonderful things that we have.
The oddity of this holiday, is Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving Day. On this day stores open up at ridiculously early hours, have ridiculous sales prices and people trample all over each other in an effort to get that low-priced item that they really don’t need.
In recent years, I’ve found it difficult to celebrate while my family is over 6000 miles away. My family is very close knit, and it hurts to hear the joy and laughter of everyone gathered together, and know that I can’t be with them. This year was different, however. I gave thanks for having friends to celebrate Thanksgiving Day with, and a partner who takes extra efforts to make sure that I don’t feel so homesick during the holidays. I gave thanks for being able to experience snow, and for being able to drive safely in it.
In the past, I’ve passed judgement on those who give up family time for standing in lines to purchase items on Black Friday. This year, I just acknowledged them and went about my business as if it were any other day. I had technology hiccups half an hour before I was scheduled to talk on Periscope, and had to find an alternative venue with wireless internet quickly in order to do my broadcast. That was a challenge on Thanksgiving Day when most of the public places were closed. Thankfully I called on a friend who graciously let me use her house. In the past, I would have been beside myself with frustration. This year I handled things calmly.
These are the changes that I’ve noticed in myself since beginning my journey with the Master Keys. I am more positive and I don’t dwell on the negative. I am more relaxed and I get more accomplished. This year I am extremely blessed to have discovered the Master Keys and to be a part of an incredible group of people who are going through the same journey.