Everybody celebrates Thanksgiving differently. Some remember the Pilgrims, some do arts and crafts, some cook turkeys, some go to the movies. No matter how you celebrate, or don’t celebrate, the U.S. Holiday, the name says it all. There is something to be said about Thanksgiving and giving thanks for our lives and what’s in them.
I used to “celebrate” Thanksgiving by accepting the day off school and eating Chinese food. It was fine. I wasn’t sad to not have a turkey or anything because that didn’t mean so much to me. What I did manage to do was think of things I’m grateful for. Every year, no matter how crappy I felt or the negative reality I reflected on, there was at least one thing to be thankful for. And more often than not, there were several things to count amongst my blessings.
This year, I was pretty pleased our eldest sister asked us all to name something we’re thankful for. Many named the company at the table and most of us had more than one thing we wanted to be sure we squeezed in before the next person got their turn. After we all shared, we randomly started naming things we are grateful for and that came to mind. From the wine to new ventures, turkey to new family members, we all easily rattled off things in our lives we’re glad are there.
I know I’ve said it before, but it amazes me how great it is to be thankful and aware. Counting blessings and how much we do have always sheds such perspective for me and usually causes a ripple effect of positivity. I hope you all had a happy giving of thanks and continue to acknowledge your own cornucopia in life.
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