Thanksgiving is a day where we gather with those we love, our families and our friends. We spend the day cooking all kinds of good food, turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and so much more. (I can smell it already).
We also spend the day visiting, catching up with family members or friends we haven’t seen in a long while. We watch sports, we play games and just enjoy one another’s company. Once the food is all cooked, the table is prepped and everyone sits down, we give thanks for the day, for the food or anything else we are thankful for.
I think though sometimes in all the hustle and bustle of the activities, we tend to take for granted all of those things I mentioned above. Not all of us, but some for sure. We take for granted the conversations we have. We take for granted the mere fact that we are able to do this. I also think we take for granted the act of saying our thanks.(again, not all, but some of us). We tend to just go through the motions if you will.
I don’t believe we do this on purpose, we are just enjoying the moments and after it is over we leave and go about our business. Not really taking time to reflect on those moments and treasure them.
Everyone of us has so much to be thankful for. For me, as each day goes by, I think of more things to be thankful for. The littlest of things that I took for granted before.
Today is a great day to reflect on those things that we are thankful for. But, today is not the only day. Everyday we should get up and be grateful for all of those things. Every day that we are able to get out of bed, see our family, go to our jobs, put food on the table and everything else we are able to do, we should be thankful.
We should be thankful 24/7 365. This is something that I have struggled with. Just going through the motions each day, but I have been trying to really reflect on the things that I am thankful for.
I would encourage you to take a moment today to really reflect on the things you are thankful for and think of the things that you normally don’t give any thought too. Those little things that many times go unnoticed. Maybe take a minute to write some down on a piece of paper or in a note book.
Then as you go through today, spending time with family and friends, embrace those moments, maybe just stand back and look at the things around you, capture the moments in your mind and hold on to them.
At the end of the day, look at your list. Is there anything you could add to it? I am sure there will be. Try doing this each day. Even on the difficult days where everything seems to have gone wrong. There is always something to be thankful for.
I wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope everyone has safe travels.
We only get one life, and that life is meant to be lived. But, don’t forget to be thankful for that life for which you have been given.
Until next time…