It’s almost Thanksgiving! For many in the US, this holiday has lost its meaning. Instead of taking time to give thanks and remember the origins of this holiday, Americans tend to have a big meal, watch football, and some rush out for holiday sales.
As I write this, I am listening to some great Native American tunes. I regularly drum to all different types of music. I find the combination of Native American drumming and pan flute to be intriguing and very soothing. It is my way of connecting with this culture, especially with everything that is going on right now.
This Thanksgiving, I am giving thanks and adding a side of hope. I am praying for this country. I’m praying for more compassion and understanding. I’m giving thanks for my family and friends. I’m thankful that I have healed so I can continue drumming and speaking and telling my story. I’m praying for possibilities.
How you can join in
1. Message or text people and give them a compliment. I usually say things like “Thanks for your encouraging posts!” Or “Love what you’re doing! Keep it up!”
2. Thank members of your family. This may catch them by surprise, especially if you don’t do this regularly. If you’ve got some difficult family members, this can diffuse any argument (if you say it with sincerity and not sarcasm!).
3. Drop something off to someone in need. I love doing this anonymously! This could be purchasing a Christmas gift for the Angel Tree or Giving Tree in your community, buying grocery items, or dropping something off at a local homeless shelter or area non-profit.
4. Post encouraging or positive things, not political garbage! Sometimes the only way to win the game is not to play! Back off, let things take their course, and redirect your time and efforts to promoting kindness and peace.
5. Breathe, give thanks, and forgive. Even if this has been an awful year for you, think of something you’re thankful for. Forgive who you need to forgive, including yourself. Things will begin to shift once you take this step.
Happy Thanksgiving from Rock the Next Stage!
Dori Staehle, MBA lives in the Raleigh, NC area. Known as the “Chief Encouragement Officer,” Dori’s mission is to help young talent, Christian artists, and Christian creatives to use their gifts to make an impact and a solid income. She’s the Founder & CEO of Rock the Next Stage, a full-service entertainment company that includes Next Stage Entertainment, and Next Stage Drumming. Dori is also a percussionist, drum therapist, speaker, and the best-selling author of Find Your Divine Rhythm: A Creative’s Success Formula. For more info or to hear about Dori’s upcoming group coaching programs, click here.