If Thanksgiving is a judge, I am requesting permission to approach the bench. Maybe I’ll be held in contempt or maybe a new precedent will be formed. In this mock trial you, my dear reader, are all twelve jurors. You decide.
My proposal? I would like the American people to add a dash of No Thanks to Thanksgiving 2017 by saying nay to five toxic behaviors. If you do, I guarantee you will have five more things to be grateful for.
The NO THANKS Thanksgiving List.
- I happen to know that there is someone in your life that doesn’t make you feel good. They have you believing you’re not good enough. That if you were only (insert) they would treat you better. You feel heavy and miserable after you hang out with them. Still, you think they’ll change. You hope they’ll change. You kind of know they won’t but you also believe that with your help and patience they will. You are wrong. Say NO THANKS to this relationship. Decide right now that you are going to take the steps required to detach. I’m not kidding. You know who they are. Now let them know who YOU are whether they like it or not.
- Say, NO THANKS to your devices on Thanksgiving. No social media. No texts. No posts. No checking emails. (Yes to navigation, but that’s it.) You say you’re grateful. Act like it by being present.
- Say NO THANKS to gossip. It doesn’t matter if you dish it out or gobble it up, gossiping will make you sound like a turkey. And you’re not. You subscribe to this blog so you clearly have your finger on the pulse. Swap weird invention ideas or spirit animals or favorite excerpts from The Dirty Book Club. Play charades. Stay kind.
- Say NO THANKS to complaining about your weight. Someone worked really hard to make all the food you’re love-hating. Eat. Enjoy. Join a gym after New Years.
- Say NO THANKS to worrying about what people think about you. It’s a waste of time. They’re not thinking about you. They’re thinking about themselves. Trust me.
Have a fabulous NO THANKSGIVING. I am grateful for you all.