Christy’s Lessons from the Thanksgiving Table

If you’ve been reading this week, you know we are talking about life lessons that can be learned from the Thanksgiving holiday-and applied all year round!  Today I’m going to talk about a lesson I am still learning. Christy’s Lesson: Sometimes Things Change

This year my family and I will not be celebrating Thanksgiving day at my aunt’s house, like we typically do.  Things have changed this year, and sometimes change is hard-and often unwanted.  I will be honest and admit that I am someone who typically struggles when traditions and plans have to be altered.

My 27 year old cousin is currently battling his second round of cancer in 2 years.  We will all be pitching in to take a Thanksgiving meal to him in the hospital.  It’s not going to be a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey and dressing and all the fixings.  We will probably be eating on paper plates with plastic silverware.  We will all be crammed into a hospital room.  It’s not perfect.

Although it’s a week away, this year has taught me some valuable lessons about what Thanksgiving is all about.  It doesn’t matter where we spend Thanksgiving.  It doesn’t matter if the food is perfect, the setting is right, or if we are eating on fine china or plastic plates.   It doesn’t matter if it’s a change in tradition.

What does matter is this: WHO we are with.  We are blessed to be together, blessed to be able to have food to eat, blessed to be able to visit and laugh.  Blessed beyond measure to be alive and that we can continue to make memories with our loved ones.  Blessed that things can change-and change can be ok.  In fact, I am pretty sure that this Thanksgiving is going to be perfect.

Continue to read this week as we talk about more lessons learned from our Thanksgiving table.  I hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Written by Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW

Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group.  Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling.  Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.

Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.