How to: Step Out of Your Comfort This Thanksgiving 

(Photo by Sarah Komisky)

By Kyle Jane Heskett

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

– Walt Disney

It is easy to get stuck in a rut. Our days are glossed over with the same routines and activities. Get Up, go to work, check Facebook every couple hours, go home and go to bed. It’s the same old song and dance. Sometimes we do this because it is just a habit. Other times it is because we don’t like stepping out of our comfort zone. But life was meant to be lived with intention, with purpose. We grow by trying new things and putting ourselves out there. This Thanksgiving we have the perfect opportunity to live intentionally, to make the most of this holiday season. Let us not take life for granted, but fully embrace this exciting chance to step out of our ruts and into a new adventure.

“Always trying new things is always more fun, and it can be scary, but it’s always more fun in the end.”

– John Krasinski

To begin with, there are many practical ways to try something new this Thanksgiving that will be a blessing to others. Take a chance on one of these!

Serve at a Homeless Shelter

All homeless shelters need volunteers to serve Thanksgiving dinner to those who cannot afford it. It really is a rewarding experience to help those in need. Missing out on time that could be spent with family or friends is hard, but it is worth it just to see how much of a blessing it is to others.

Help Cook and Clean

We all have friends and family members that work all day to prepare the best meal possible. Think of all the work that goes into the turkey, cranberries, potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, and beyond! Then after everyone’s bellies are stuffed, more work awaits in cleaning up the mess. Bless someone by offering a helping hand. Allow them to enjoy this holiday a little more by relieving some of their stress and exhaustion.

Make a New Dish

Thanksgiving can be even more fun when you throw out the traditional ingredients and cook something different. Or perhaps a new twist on the same dish. Making new things keeps life from getting boring and mundane. If you can’t cook worth a darn, perhaps serve your hosts by giving them a small gift to show your appreciation.

Invite Someone New

Do you have a co-worker or fellow student who can’t see their families this Thanksgiving? Maybe you know someone who has no family or close friends. Why not be that friend for them this year? Invite someone to celebrate Thanksgiving with you that you wouldn’t normally invite. I know this may seem awkward, but God calls us to have welcoming and loving hearts. This could be your chance to show who Christ is to someone new.

Go Somewhere New

Spending Thanksgiving in a different place will bring a different experience. It could be a different house, city, state, or even a different country! You never know what adventures you’ll have in a new place.

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”

– Lao Tzu

Trying new things allows us to reach our full potential. Sometimes we never learn what we like or what we are good at until we do it. Don’t let this Thanksgiving slip by without experiencing the opportunity to live intentionally, boldly, and to have a little fun.