The true meaning of Thanksgiving is in the title of the holiday. It is easy to get bogged down in everyday life and to lose our spirit of thankfulness. If we do not deliberately focus on the good in life the bad and unpleasant can take over our thought processes. We don’t have to dwell on the unpleasant side of life. It tends to be in the forefront of our thoughts without any effort on our part. We do however, have to set our minds on purpose to find the good and be thankful, not just on this holiday but everyday. The famous Kurt Avish said it well in this quote, “Sometimes we complain that God put thorns on Roses. Yet others will rather say that God is good to have placed Roses among the thorns. In both cases we shall however be thankful for the roses.”
Our busy and demanding lives tend to naturally take us away from an attitude of gratitude. It seems difficult at best to be thankful in the midst of our problems. Who hasn’t felt the crushing effect of making decisions, juggling schedules and meeting our daily requirements? It is something we must make time to do. We must think on the positive attributes of life and give ourselves every chance to be happy. It is a fact that we cannot be happy while considering all of our problems. A grateful heart is a happy heart.
That is what the Thanksgiving holiday is about. Making time to ponder all we have to be thankful for in our busy year. Instead of doing it only once a year it is a habit that serves us best when we do it everyday. The innate sadness that is our life experience can overwhelm us if we do not make it a habit to cultivate thankfulness. We can look at a puppy at play or a baby exploring his toes and remember the goodness of life. As the late John F. Kennedy said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” It is all to easy to say a thing but we must truly participate for it to have any affect.
As the holiday for giving thanks approaches let us all stop for a moment and recall all that we have. Let us not focus on what we do not have. We cannot let the tendency to dwell on our problems take us over. If any habit is worth forming, it would be to stop and consider everyday all the things that we have!! Today, I am thankful for….. You fill in the blank.