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Preparing for Thanksgiving - Cope Ahead Skill

     This is a good time to start preparing for Thanksgiving by making a list of all the things for which you are thankful. Try starting now, be really specific in your responses and see if you can come up with 100 items by Thanksgiving Day.
     Traditional "family" holidays can be difficult for many people and having reminders of the blessings in your life may help you get through the season. So, if you create a list now, my guess is that you will be thankful for your list during the next several weeks.
      Feel free to share your list, or parts of it, in my comment area. Your list may remind other readers of things they are thankful for in their own life.
     Creating a list beforehand to help you get through a tough time is an example of the skill of coping ahead. We Cope Ahead when we make sure we have supplies in our homes when we hear a storm is in the weather forecast. We cope ahead when we buy Roadside Assistance so we know what to do if we have a flat tire away from home. We cope ahead when we leave a spare set of keys with our neighbor. We cope ahead when we take preventative medicine -- which reminds me -- if you have not had your flu shot yet this year and you plan on having one, this might be a good time to do it. Do It Now is another wonderful skill that we will discuss in the future.   
     Over time, I will be adding more posts about Coping Ahead. It is a great skill to have in order to prevent crises. And isn't it wonderful to prevent a crisis rather than having to spend so much energy putting out fires in your life. Feel free to add your own coping ahead skills to my list.       
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