1. Thanksgiving

Today, and right through the weekend, there will be more traffic on city streets as well as highways. Many drivers will be distracted by a sense of urgency to get the shopping done or frustration with the crowds at the grocery or the mall.

As if this weren’t enough, many of us are already distracted by concerns we feel in the aftermath of the recent election. Several days ago, one of our ministers posted on Facebook, urging us to be extra careful driving because we have the equivalent of “temporary ADD.”

So, for goodness sake, while driving this weekend, please compensate for the extra distraction by eliminating all other sources. Turn off the radio. Put away the sandwich. Don’t use the phone, not even hands-free, until you can pull over into a safe place.

This might be a good time to read, or reread, a piece I wrote about a while back, “Why I Broke a Resolution in Order to Honor a Pledge.”

  1. Giving Thanks

Beginning today, I suggest you give yourselves a break from reading and viewing news, from talking about politics, and if you can, even thinking about politics. Trust me, if anything major happens over the weekend, it won’t be hard for you to find out about it on Monday. In fact, you probably couldn’t avoid finding out about it, sooner or later, if you wanted to.

Instead, nurture your physical, mental and emotional health. There’s no better way to do that than by expressing thanks and resting in the warm glow of gratitude.

For myself, I would like to take this opportunity to give thanks for you, my readers.

Wishing you all a safe and happy weekend.