Thanksgiving is just a couple days away. For many of us, this means traveling, family drama, overeating, and football. For some of us though, it means a weekend of loneliness. Some of you may not be able to afford the time off from work, or you don’t get holidays off. Some of you may be unencumbered by work, but are unable to afford the airfare or gasoline required to visit distant family. Some may have recently lost a loved one, so there’s going to be an eerily empty seat, and unfilled pauses in conversation this year. Others may not have family that accepts them as they are. This, combined with the upcoming season of hectic gift buying and other social expectations can easily become overwhelming.
We want to remind you that a simple thank you can go a long way toward making a friend, who may be dealing with feeling lonely and overwhelmed this holiday season, feel loved and cared for. Taking the time to remind a friend of why you are thankful for their role in your life in a personal way is a great way to reach out to them. I’m not talking about a group text message or email. Find the time to pull them aside or take them to coffee. Sit down and write them a letter. At the very least, give them a personal phone call, and spend some uninterrupted time telling them what they’ve meant to you over the last year. If you’ll be staying home for the holidays, maybe you could invite a friend who you know won’t be with family. There’s always plenty of food, anyway. Make an extra effort to make them feel at home. You may be the one person who reaches out to them, and that can make a huge difference in their outlook toward this season.