What does it mean to be thankful on thanksgiving?…
To take notice of the things that we have?
The appreciation of the people in our lives?
You see, I don’t think thanksgiving is really the day that we are thankful…truly.
We are thankful everyday, or at least we should be. One thing I have been teaching myself to do lately is name one thing that I am thankful for each day, and it has really opened my eyes to the many good things that I do have in my life. I urge you to try this…not only will you begin to reveal the things that you may have been taking for granted in your day to day existence, but you will also begin to focus your energy on the positive aspects of your life.
I read a great quote once…it said: “The more we focus on what we do have instead of what we do not, the happier we will become.”
This could not be more true. If you are constantly thinking about the things you are lacking, how could you ever be happy with your life? Now, I remind you that being thankful and appreciative of the things you do have, does not mean that you should just stay there. Like we talked about awhile back, we do not want to be complacent. We want to recognize and be thankful for where we have been, what we have accomplished and what we have gained, but most importantly we must keep moving forward.
So after discussing that being thankful should be part of our day to day practice.
What does thanksgiving truly mean?
Simply put, it is a day to GIVE!
Not just give charitably… but to give your time to your loved ones, give your respect to those who may not deserve it, give your love to those in need of love, give hope to those searching for hope, and give UP the differences you have between yourself and others.
Thanksgiving isn’t about us, it’s about them. It is a day to remind us that no matter whether you are rich, or poor, fat or skinny, religious or not, gay or straight, right or wrong…that we are all human beings on this earth. 7 billion worlds, 7 billion stories, 7 billion life paths, and not one more important than the other… so we give, we share, and we eat together as one family.
Thanksgiving is a time to give up what you want in order to give others what they need.
You will find that if you do this, they just might GIVE you thanks, in return.