I hope that this holiday finds you well. I know that some of you are spending the day with abusive family members. Please try to keep yourself safe. Others are spending the day alone and feeling very depressed. Please try to remember that you are triggered. Those terrible feelings will not last forever. You will feel much better as Thanksgiving becomes a distant memory.
Some of you, like me, are doing the best you can to make newer and brighter associations with Thanksgiving. I have made a big turkey with homemade stuffing. I am doing my best to make this Thanksgiving a wonderful memory for my son.
Remember to nurture yourself today. I do this by watching my favorite Thanksgiving episodes. Gilmore Girls has a great one where the “girls” have to go to four Thanksgiving dinners. I also like watching a bunch of the Friends Thanksgiving episodes as well. I laugh and find a way to enjoy myself, even as I work through the triggers of Thanksgivings past.
Please take gentle care of yourself. Know that I am very thankful for all of you.
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