November is here, and once again, we approach the holiday season. This year brings opportunities that have been missing during the previous twenty-something months. Opportunities that invite us to engage with our whole selves, dysfunction and all.
I love the invitation that Thanksgiving brings to be present and remember. Remember this year. Remember the stories that made you more of who you are. Remember the people who shaped you and the ones who you’ve shaped. Remember the places where you found belonging and acceptance along with the places you realized you never belonged.
This year holds change and growth. Death and new life. Days filled with both laughter and tears for the stories that were difficult as well as the ones that were so very sweet.
For nine years I have created a playlist for Thanksgiving for Red Tent Living. Throughout the year, I gather songs that speak to my heart, and I share them. Music always has a way of putting words to my feelings, especially when those words are hard to express. Music is a gentle reminder to find gratitude in the ordinary.
Gratitude has the ability to breed joy. Joy in the midst of our challenges.
Thanksgiving can always be found. Always.
I invite you to enjoy this playlist of mine and hope that you will allow yourself to create your own list of gratitude that reflects your unique heart and story this Thanksgiving.
Bethany Cabell, a lover of simplicity, is often inspired to write by the relationships she holds as a wife, mom, and a physical therapist. Bethany, her husband and their boys returned to life in Texas after wandering off to the Midwest for a season. What she once pictured her life to look like has forever been changed by her two sons. Navigating this messy and beautiful path of parenting two children each with their own unique challenges, she finds grace and beauty in the gift of each moment.