Here’s my secret Thanksgiving recipe that can give you one joy filled contented Thanksgiving, whether you have a large family dinner or you’re by yourself. Whether you’re working or whether you’re celebrating. Whether you are in grief or in peace.
First, let me share how I learned this secret.
I was raised on the family farm. We had 20,000 chickens and lots of land to work. My Dad planted crops and worked hard in the fields. For lunch or supper, he would come into the farm house to eat, and have a short break eating and talking to my mom. If my mom was having one of those days in the farm house, with five kids driving her nuts, or stress from life, he simply said, “Get outside.” My father had worked on the farm since he was 12 years old or younger. He did life in the large outdoors, his office space. I grew up hearing “get outside” and then if my siblings and I started fighting as teens, dad quickly said, “Out the door you go to work.”
Crisp air to breathe in. Scents to sniff. Trees to gaze. Dogs to scratch. Dirt to touch. Stones to kick. Eggs to gather. Machinery to fix. Hands to work. All this farm work took place under a big sky and around the changing of the seasons. And how could you not look up and wonder how God made it all happen so beautifully?!?
He is the one that gives the changing seasons and being outside is a reminder of the bigness of life and of God. Plus, it’s a reminder that we’re not in charge. God is. Outside is God’s living room. He enlarges our life.
I have done this step at various stages of my life, get out side …from a dorm room, an apartment, an A frame, a house on a hill, a condo, a lovely ranch home…get outside…
Take a step with Him, “Get outside.” That’s the first recipe ingredient. Get outside for even a short stroll.
The second ingredient, Give thanks.
The third ingredient, Go Create. That’s right. After your walk, create. It could be cookies, a meal, a book, a Christmas ornament, a coloring page, but create.
Let me review.
Give thanks, while you suck in the fresh air. No cell phones allowed, if so, only for pictures. Look around. Start studying the leaves, the road, the trees, the dead flowers, and breathe in life and start naming your blessings aloud. A 20 minute walk will help you solve that problem that is tossing in your brain.
Make sure you let me know the results of your contented, joy filled, blessed Thanksgiving.