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Finding Your Zone of Comfort and Caring on Thanksgiving

by Judy Stone-Goldman on November 27, 2014

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I saw this statue while wandering in Kirkland on a damp and gray day. The supermarket wasn’t where I thought it should be, and the day was unpleasant, so stumbling on this statue was a delightful surprise. I loved the tenderness and intimacy.

This image captures what I want to convey this Thanksgiving. Find a zone of comfort and caring. Connect with others and with yourself. If there is gray and even nastiness, find the warmth in your little green space. Hold tight to what is human and loving. And have a good book at the ready.

Happy Thanksgiving!

May it be filled with warmth, caring, and gratitude.

 

Questions for Reflection: Where will you find comfort this Thanksgiving? What brings warmth to the gray spaces?

Writing Prompts: “This Thanksgiving I will connect to others by ______” (then keep writing); “This Thanksgiving I will connect to myself by ______” (then keep writing); “This Thanksgiving, I will find warmth and caring by ______” (then keep writing).

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Sherryl+Perry
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November 28, 2014 at 7:53 am

Judy,

I love this image. It certainly does convey a zone of comfort and caring.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We lost my 86-year old mother in law on the 1st of November. So, while our family hoped to carry on our usual tradition (of gathering at my sister-in-law’s house), it was with guarded trepidation.

Thankfully, there was joy and celebration in the house. She would have wanted it that way. We all could feel her spirit with us.

Thanks for the thoughtful inspiration to share Judy. Where did you find comfort this Thanksgiving?

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Judy Stone-Goldman
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November 28, 2014 at 9:27 am

Sherryl, I can appreciate how this holiday may have loomed large as you contemplated your family without your mother-in-law. It’s wonderful that her spirit infused your celebration. In my own family experiences of loss, I’ve discovered that holidays become significant times of memory, that the person who has passed becomes part of the family “glue” we recognize and appreciate at those family events. I’m glad you could find comfort despite the recent loss.

I had the delight of being with family for Thanksgiving, including three grandchildren. We didn’t host in our new home (that would have been way too overwhelming just a week after moving!), but I found deep comfort in returning home afterwards with my husband. We felt the comfort and “holding” of our new space, and the holiday added to our sense of launching into a new phase of life.

Thanks for visiting here, Sherryl, and may the holiday season continue to provide a measure of joy against the sadness your family feels at the loss of your mother-in-law.

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