I hosted a little expat Thanksgiving last weekend and it reminded me of how grateful I am for the people around me, both here and at home. I was surrounded by all of these amazing people from all over the world and we all agreed that, more than anything, we were grateful for each other. Without each other we could not be happy.
We often underestimate how much we need people. We fight vigilantly to be independent at various points in our lives. We get tired of depending so heavily on other people and want the ability to do it alone. Rarely do we recognize the impact that these people actually have on us. We think that we WANT them in our life, but don’t necessarily NEED them to be happy.
Being so far from my friends and family has helped me to realize that we(I) need people more than we’re(I’m) sometimes willing to admit and these people are the key to our happiness. They say that we don’t know what we have until its gone and the cliché is so true. This is one of the many keys to a happier life, a grateful spirit for the people around you. They've made you who you are and they may not always be so accessible (despite technological advances).
Remember to let these people know that you are grateful for them. Whether they’re far away or right beside you. Don’t underestimate the impact that a simple text or card could have on someone’s day. You'll find a little more love in your life and if that doesn't make you happy then I don't know what will.
So much love and thanks from me to you! Enjoy your Thanksgiving and try not to let Black Friday overshadow your quality time with friends and family.