Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday of the year. I have very fond memories of the many special gatherings my family has celebrated together. Playing and watching football, catching up on the latest news, and eating until we practically pass out continues to be a part of our family’s Thanksgiving tradition. As is the case for many families, it has also been our tradition to acknowledge the many blessings we experienced throughout the year.
Pausing to reflect on the things and people you are thankful for at Thanksgiving is a great practice, but it’s important to remember how valuable it is to engage in this exercise on a daily basis. When you consistently make space in your life to regularly pause and express gratitude it promotes an attitude of appreciation, optimism and hopefulness.
The truth is, we too often take for granted the things and people that help to bring happiness and joy into our lives. To understand this reality of life you need only to talk to someone who is going through a financial crisis, poor health, the death of a loved one or some other painful life circumstance. When you possess an attitude of thankfulness you are much more resilient to the negative effects of life’s inevitable hardships.
As I reflect on what I’m thankful for this year I have a very long list, but here are just a few:
I’m very thankful that I’m married to a wonderful woman who has always given far more than she receives and for the wonderful parents who raised her. I’m thankful for my new daughter-in-law and my son’s opportunity to begin a career that has been his life-long dream. I’m thankful for my first grandchild my daughter and son-in-law will be welcoming into the world in just a few short weeks and the fact that he will have two exceptional parents to love him. I’m thankful that our youngest daughter graduated from college (yes, no more tuition payments) and is now teaching at a wonderful school. I’m also very thankful for my six siblings and their spouses, forty-six nieces and nephews, and many wonderful friends. So, as you can imagine, it’s going to be a fun and noisy time when we get together this Thanksgiving!
I’ve just scratched the surface of the many blessings God has provided in my life and am extremely grateful for each of them. What are you thankful for today? List them all, big and small, and do your best to remember them every day of the year.
I hope you and your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Live, Work and Relate Well!