Teri’s Lessons from the Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! Having family together, enjoying great food, and laughter make the day a special one. This week we wanted to take some of our own experiences from Thanksgiving and tie them into life lessons we should practice all year long. Enjoy our stories and we hope you can find some positive tips to apply to your life.

Teri’s Lesson: It doesn’t have to be perfect!

I live in a family of GREAT cooks. Most things are made from scratch and some don’t have recipes written down. I remember the first year I was “in charge” of contributing to the thanksgiving meal. I was so anxious! What if I messed up? What if it’s not good enough? What if? What if? What if?…. All my perfectionism would flood my thoughts.

Through the years I have learned to relax and be more comfortable in these situations. My mantra has become “Who cares? It doesn’t have to be perfect and it’s not a competition.” Now I focus on the day and the fun I will have connecting with everyone and push out any of those old thoughts. I will no longer allow one of my favorite holidays to be stolen by irrational thoughts. I choose to sit back and embrace the day- even if the mashed potatoes are lumpy!

I wish you and your family a relaxing day full of warmth and laughter. Check in all week for more lessons! Happy Thanksgiving!

Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.