Thanksgiving: A Chance to Be Grateful

Holiday turkeyThanksgiving here in America, with its turkey, stuffing and gravy, may conjure images of eating at your dining room table with your cousins while you were growing up, watching football on television with your uncles, or washing dishes with your brothers and sisters.  It may also conjure up memories of saying grace at the dinner table or expressing what you are grateful under the watchful eyes of your parents as each of your relatives awkwardly says what he or she is thankful for on this day.

However, as we are munching on leftovers for days after the holiday, how many of us have images of showing thanks or being grateful for all that we have in the days following the holiday?  Not many, I bet.  I think we were looking forward to the next holiday on the late fall/early winter hit parade – Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years.

This year, let’s do something different. Let us give our thanks on Thanksgiving. Let us do that, but let us do something much more meaningful.  Let us give thanks for as many days as we can remember after Thanksgiving.  Let us give thanks everyday.  Let us be thankful for our friends and families, for our homes, for our health and for our joy at living.  Let us give thanks to God or whomever you give thanks.  Let us give thanks for all of our blessings.

Let us show gratitude deep within our hearts and souls all the way down to our toes.

Let us breathe our gratitude in and out as we navigate through the rest of the busy holiday season.  Let us smile to one another and let us be kind – to each other and to ourselves.

Let it be our mantra as we shop, chop, decorate and wrap.  Let it be part of us each and every day.

Blessings for this season and every day,