Today, several will celebrate a holiday coined by most Americans as a day of giving thanks. Of course, you can’t forget the copious amounts of food that is often associated, too. Since the United Arab Emirates doesn’t celebrate such occasion, the day often approaches with lack of excitement simply because I’m not surrounded by my comfort zone of family, friends and delectable meals.
The other day, I caught myself in a flux of sadness. I was near the point of dropping a tear when it hit me like a ton of bricks: We are here alone and very far from home (sad face). Undeniably, in my honest opinion, this is one of the worst part of living abroad –missing out on holiday traditions.
Ahhh! Stop! I can’t sit here and lament so I decided to contact a few of my expat American friends via text to see what was the plan. Walla! Turns out I was making arrangments for what I would be cooking for Thanksgiving dinner!
See, that wasn’t so bad, right?
Although, these situations will not replace my desire to be with family, it reminds me that I can still find unity and love through camaraderie with others while embracing a sense of home. The party turned out great, by the way. I enjoyed the fellowship, food from all over the world and moments of pure humility and joy.
So today, I encourage you to broaden your perspective and count your blessings. Make use of your resources and recognize the abundance that you can be thankful for, regardless of the situation.
Remember to give back to others and the rest will come back 10 fold.
Also, rest assured that during these challenging moments of living abroad, you will grow and learn in amazing ways through challenges and begin to understand the real meaning of gratitude even when its not Thanksgiving.
- I am thankful today to have the opportunity to live my dreams.
- I am thankful that I can share my experiences.
- I am thankful for having the opportunity to raise a brilliant son.
- I am thankful for family.
- I am thankful for every blessing and challenge.