A Book, A Movie, A Gift

Thanksgiving is next week.  It’s my favorite holiday. 

I had in mind to write about non-judgment, because sometimes getting together with people we know well can make commenting on the unimportant, or the none-of-our-business, all too easy. Such as, “Bob, the seventies called and they want your pants back”; or “Maddy, your string beans are good, but just a little salty for me”; or “Liam, did you really think buying that money pit was a good idea?”

But instead, I’ve decided to “hand the mic over” to two sweet tales: the bestselling novel “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman (2018); and the movie “Lars and the Real Girl” starring Ryan Gosling (2007).

Both stories are wonderfully told, and celebrate the power and simplicity of non-judgement to build human connection. And with a cold November weekend ahead, what better way to spend it than with a good book or movie.

Then, if you’re like me, perhaps you’ll be inspired to bring non-judgement as a gift to your Thanksgiving gathering. (And, don’t forget to notice the results, and enjoy the time with your people).

Happy Thanksgiving!