Cassie Gibbs

It’s November, the beginning of the crazy season.

Families are planning their get-togethers and talking about the food each person will bring to the dinner table. Some people are also scoping out the best Black Friday deals.

Still, with everything that happens during this this time of the year, a lot of us –myself included– don’t take time to appreciate what this month offers us.

This month is a chance to just be thankful.

Some people have taken to stating one thing they are thankful for each day of the month, especially on social media.

For others, giving thanks can start early in the month on a day for those who have earned it for us. I’m talking about Veterans Day.

This is a time to remember those who gave much for you and others.

It’s a time to especially recognize those who chose to give their all so that people could have a chaotic holiday season where decorations come out in stores too early and thoughts are already on Christmas gifts for family members.

I just ask that you remember to take time to thank a veteran, even if it’s just a silent prayer to God for what they gave.

I don’t think this will be an issue for us here in the Wiregrass area thanks to being so close to Fort Rucker. I’m pretty sure it’s already a given that we’re thankful for our soldiers and veterans.

Still, if you happen to think about it, go the extra mile this Veterans Day and thank a veteran for their service.

Once you have given thanks early in the month, the day with thanks in the name is just around the corner.

The chaos that can happen on, or even around, Thanksgiving and the days leading up to it is not something I would wish on my worst enemy.

Still, for the sake of seeing family or even friends, I deal with it all again and again without a problem. I will go on and say now that I am always thankful to see my family and spend time with them.

Also, I would deal with the Thanksgiving craziness for the delicious food my mother cooks. I can say with absolute certainty that I am thankful for my mother’s cooking.

Thanksgiving should not just be one filled with turkey and dressing, chaos and traveling to see family. It’s a day that offers us an opportunity to see just how blessed we really are.

I encourage you to tell your family or friends what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving. You can encourage them to do the same.

Also, even if you don’t want to do it publicly or out loud, I promise you the Good Lord appreciates all the thanks He gets. Don’t forget to give Him praise every day.

Remember to take a moment this month to just be thankful. Doing this can help a person handle the chaos, and it may just give someone a different perspective on things.

Just to encourage you all, I will say one more thing I’m thankful for. I’m thankful for you readers.

Keep being awesome.

Cassie Gibbs is a staff writer for The Southeast Sun and Daleville Sun-Courier. The opinions of this writer are her own and not the opinion of the paper. She can be reached at (334) 393-2969 or by email at cgibbs@southeastsun.com.

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