Today is not the day to greet your loved ones with a quick shoulder tap or a kiss on the cheek (you know you only kiss the air anyway!) Today is the day to give great big, long bear hugs to the people who matter to you most.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, from the LIB family!
What can we say? Here at LIB Magazine, we have to-do lists for everything, from work to play. So as our way of wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, we offer you this practical to-do list for both the outer, and the inner, aspects of this meaningful holiday. Enjoy, and let us know how you’re spending the Thanksgiving weekend in the comments section below!
1. Be thankful for your legs, your arms, your breath. The face that looks back at you in the mirror is yours… always growing, aging, becoming wiser and more beautiful. Appreciate yourself today! When we give thanks for ourselves, we are better able to give love to the people around us.
2. Today is not the day to greet your loved ones with a quick shoulder tap or a kiss on the cheek (you know you only kiss the air anyway!) Today is the day to give great big, long bear hugs to the people who matter to you most. When you think it’s time to let go, hang on for another three seconds. Treat yourself to the healing power of human contact and think of it as fueling your hug tank for the rest of the year.
3. If you and your family escaped the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, be thankful for your good fortune. If you were not so lucky, know that you will move forward and your community is behind you. For some inspiration from people who know what you’re going through, take a look at the blog NOLA to New York created by New York-based journalist Andy Kopsa Dalal and featuring messages of hope and support from Hurricane Katrina survivors.
4. If you’ve lost a loved one in the past year, try not to let the loss pull you down today. Be thankful you had them in your life for as long as you did, and remember the experiences you shared and the lessons you learned. Raise a glass to them today, and to all the people who made you who you are.
5. Pack up leftover turkey, mashed potatoes and veggies and bring them to a local shelter or distribution center for Hurricane Sandy victims. Yes, the pie too.
6. Consider extending the gratitude through Black Friday instead of b-lining it to the mall at 4am. Bask in the holiday afterglow as you slip in and out of a turkey-induced nap coma. Play board games with your kids. Do some push ups or gentle stretches. Write a letter. Make a home movie. Built a fort out of sofa pillows. Start reading (or writing!) that novel you’ve been meaning to begin.
7. If you have to go to work on Friday, be thankful you have a job. How else would you buy that delicious turkey anyway?
8. Gather up the friends and family and head out to do some volunteer work in your area. Find listings at Long Island Volunteer Center.
9. If you can’t get out to help in person, make a donation to the Red Cross.
10. And finally, if you’ve got the shopping bug and it won’t let go… take advantage of those deep discounts and Black Friday deals. It’s a great opportunity to save some cash on holiday gifts, big-ticket purchases and to help some of your local businesses get back on their feet after the major losses of Hurricane Sandy. So get out there, do your all-American duty and shop! Here are some links, ideas and tips on how to get the most for your money:
Thanks to Audrey Rome and Kirsten Preskenis for their contributions to this story.