It’s that time of the year, the holiday season. It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it is also one of the most stressful. With holiday shopping, preparing the turkey dinner, finals, huge assignments, and other social events going on, we sometimes lose the true meaning of the holiday.
Yes, when we think of Thanksgiving, we think of thankfulness and all of the blessings that we have, but do we really take time to be thankful? With all of the craziness, it is sometimes hard to think about what really matters.
For example, I had an experience where I had a huge assignment due. I was stressed out and knew that I needed to get it done, when one of my younger cousins came to me and asked me to do puzzles with her. I knew that I should, but I desperately wanted to say no.
After some convincing and whining from my little cousin, I finally went and helped her do puzzles. When I saw the smile on her little face, there was nothing more heartwarming. I knew that these were memories that I couldn’t get back, nor would I trade, and I knew then that this was what being blessed was really about.
This holiday season, I encourage you to take time for yourself and forget the stress for a little while. Forget about the presents, shopping, and stressful school assignments and take time to look around you and see the people in your life and look at their smiles. Look at all of your blessings and take time to slow down and cherish them, remember it’s the little things that count because these are precious times that you can never get back.