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Thanksgiving Without The Sauce
Look with didn’t make it into my grocery cart

The feeling of family sweeps through the city of Lubbock, with our first snow of the year many of us spent the weekend huddled with family around the fireplace. However, lots of us were out shopping as we get ready for Thanksgiving this Thursday, this I know as my knees went numb while waiting in line at the grocery store. Of course as I finally got the checkout counter, I realized that I’d forgotten the Cranberry Sauce and debated whether or not to jump out of line, get that one item that everybody wants, but nobody eats.
So, coming into work today was a break from the traditional holiday stress of trying to have everything it takes to make everybody happy. I was ready, yup ~ here I am at work, going to get everything done so that Thanksgiving will be relaxed and peaceful.
But, as I opened my email, I am attacked by so many messages that my chair starting spinning and my eyes crossed. Oh, yeah…seems I forgot what most of us know. When you take time off  work, whether it’s a holiday or vacation, the work you do before and after totals the amount of hours you would spend at work.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful for time off to spend giving “Thanks” for the many blessings in my life, it’s just that sometimes it’s easy to become a human doing, instead of a human being.
In life, it’s all about perspective and balance for example, when I’m stuck in Rush Hour traffic, I give thanks that I have a car and a job. When I complain about the cold, I give thanks that I have a warm home to go to. When I struggle with family, I give thanks that they love me unconditionally as I do in return.

So, if you’re stressed as we get ready for the holidays, know that I’m right there with you, taking each breath and step, wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. And if you stop by my house for dinner…bring your own Cranberry Sauce.

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