TGIF! Wow, have you been watching any of the impeachment inquiry hearings? It's high drama, lessons in civics and diplomacy, profiles in courage and patriotism and oh so much more.... I always say the microcosm reflects the macrocosm and vice versa, so if you think of our country as a person, it has certainly been going through some growing pains! I always zoom out and try to see the "forest for the trees" and not get too caught up in the weeds in order to understand what's happening big picture. In my view, things have been up for review for a while, and since our 2016 election of metaphorical ipecac syrup we have been experiencing an acute national detox and seeing all the stuff we need to purge, strengthen and restructure. Like any detox, this is not pretty nor fun, and we are getting to a peak moment. Perhaps this is a helpful perspective for you to have while you mix and mingle with relatives and folks of all different political persuasions as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday. Keep in mind that whatever "side" you are on and who you might consider a friend or a foe to our country, that all of this is serving a greater purpose to make us stronger and better as a people and a nation, hence this week's PGG :) For some additional food for thought you can also check out this Instagram post to remind you to let go of whatever is no longer serves you at this time, and this PGG Video of the week about being grateful . As always, please feel free to let me know your feedback about any and all that I'm doing. Big hug <3 Kristina
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Thank the Turkeys Too!
Originally published Novemeber 23, 2010

Whenever the fourth Thursday in November rolls around, we are meant to reflect on all the blessings in our lives. Traditionally, that would imply appreciating all that is good or positive, everything that brings us joy and happiness, or that we could not live without.

While that is certainly warranted, why not also be grateful for the funky, not-so-positive, annoying and pain-in-the-you-know- where stuff — the people, things and situations that challenge us, push our buttons or make us feel uncomfortable.

As the saying goes, There are no problems, only opportunities.” Our crises and difficulties are chances for us to test our mettle, see what we’re made of, and become stronger and wiser for it. They are occasions for us to make course corrections, adjust, fine-tune and put ourselves back in balance or on track — or perhaps a different, better track.

If life went smoothly all the time, you wouldn’t have to dig deep, really look at ourselves, search within for answers, or find new, creative ways of doing things. Innovation is problem-solving at its most basic level (just watch those Dyson commercials), so where would we be without all the problems we’ve had?

Whether you’re unemployed, having a health crisis, or having trouble in your personal or professional relationships, take a step back and see what is the Universe trying to show/teach you. Remember, those carbon atoms wouldn’t become diamonds without extreme high pressure and heat.

So this year, be thankful not only for the bird that you are about to eat (or Tofurky if that is more your style), but for all those “turkeys” in your life — the folks and circumstances that gave you stress and grief but also compelled you to overcome those obstacles and become the person you are today.

Need a little help seeing how the cr*p in your life is really cool? Give me a buzz and we’ll figure out what should be basted and tasted, and what is simply a little fat that needs to be trimmed….

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