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On Being Wonderfully Human

@2011 Photo by Steve Samuels

“And thank you for a house full of people I love. Amen.”

                                     - Terri Guillemets


Life throws us curve balls. Some we catch and others get dropped. During the last several days we had family emergencies, change of plans, comings and goings, and hosting for Thanksgiving. There were tears, laughter, music and quiet. There were hugs, dancing, pain and joy. It was a yoyo of emotions and moods.

Pauses for resting, eating, walking and just being helped me navigate the tumultuous days. Mostly though I was filled with gratitude that our daughters were home and much of our family was here. Holidays can be difficult because we miss our loved ones that can’t be with us. This year, some had other plans, some have passed away and some were too ill to travel. It was a mixture of sweetness for those that were here with a cloud of sadness for the ones we missed.

My heart is full of gratitude and love for the time-shared both in the distant and recent past. With more holiday time coming, I’m looking forward to having the family together again soon.

What are you looking forward to?

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Reader Comments (6)

Linda, what you say is so true! Our holidays are about the people being together. Thanks for sharing this inside look at our "imperfect" holidays being the best.

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

It's times like these when it's more important than ever to create the time and space to join together with the people you care about, who can share both your joys and your sorrows. I am filled with gratitude for you, Linda, for making that possible for all of us.

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJune

Ellen, always happy to have you join in the conversation. I love your choice of the word "imperfect." As Thanksgiving drew closer and the curve balls were flying, I had to adjust my expectation for what I'd imagined. By doing that, it helped me to be in the moment and enjoy the parts that were there to enjoy. You're right that the holidays are all about being together with the people you love.

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

June, you are so right that creating the "time and space" to be together, especially during challenging times is essential. I too am so grateful that the family could come together. My heart is full.

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

You're so on target with the 'pause.' I love the warm feelings and the 'pause' which holiday weekends give us. We pause for telling of stories about family. We pause at our house at Thanksgiving dinner, to each say what we are thankful or grateful for. Fills my heart ever since a friend asked that we start the tradition. Pauses ...

November 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue West

Yes, Sue...the pause is so important- essential really, to fulling enjoying our lives. If we just go, go, go without stopping to appreciate, express our gratitude, and renew, we miss too much. I love your Thanksgiving tradition of sharing what you're each thankful for. Just lovely. This year, instead of going around the table to share out loud, I put a place card at each setting. One side had a family photo (all different.) The other side were the words "Grateful for..." There were pens on the table and people could write in what they were grateful for. They wrote many things including "Grateful that I'm lucky enough to like as well as love."

November 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

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