The recent snow has put a bit of Holiday Spirit in my step, but leading up to Thanksgiving I'm not as excited as I would hope to be. I love my family but often feel that they don't understand me, or even desire to. I want to be myself around them, but I've learned over time that many of my personality traits are not desirable in my family culture. That's painful, but I am trying to keep perspective. I often feel left out, dismissed, written off, or inconsequential. That doesn't mean those things are true.
Today I will try to approach my family with a clear head, allow the Holy Spirit to guide my steps, show me what is true, and how I can understand them. I know someone (?) wise said that to be understood, we must first seek to understand.
Today will be a day of prayer and seeking to understand.