Have you seen the latest Thanksgiving cartoon? The one with several turkeys gathered around a box that has “feather extensions” written on the side of the box? One turkey is telling the other turkeys, “Quick, put these on! And remember, from here on out we’re all peacocks!” I laugh every time I see this cartoon. It reminds me that we all want to LIVE, to be free from harm and worry. As Thanksgiving is upon us, I am wondering how many of you feel as if you truly live your life. Are you enjoying your life? Your friends, family and surroundings? Or do you just function and get by, letting stress and worry smother your joy? Just like the turkeys wanting to change (to be peacocks in order to stay safe), we also have to want to change…in order to “save” our own lives. But how do you change the patterns that hold you back and prevent you from moving forward to enjoy life more? There will always be challenges, problems and stress. If you are living from one stressful situation to another, it is time to eliminate or learn to handle stress in a way that it does not run your life. The one thing that is ALWAYS in YOUR control is how you respond or react to the challenges, problems and stress in your life. At the end of the day, we all want to live a life that is fun, manageable, fulfilling…. and not repeat of the stress from yesterday! Every day is a new day. When worry or stress seem to be closing in on you, take a few minutes and see if it is worth all of the worry you are expending on the situation. If not, then just deal with the situation… let it go and move on with your day. If the situation needs more time and attention, figure out a plan, work on it, and try to remember that this too will pass, that time will continue to move on, as will life. You get to make the choice if you are going to live your life, or just survive. Life is a lot more satisfying if you enjoy it. If you need to hide out and work through a few things, find a box labeled feather extensions, “And remember, from here on out we’re all peacocks! Happy Thanksgiving!