I have a confession — I’ve been snacking on sweet potato pie since Monday and got into some fried turkey and potato salad last night. The way I see it, if there are things in life to enjoy, why not dive in anytime? Yes, today is Thanksgiving, and around the country many people, families, friends and turkeys happy to have avoided being served up on a platter will be speaking out words of “thanks.” But as my WANA711 sister, Diana Murdock shared, why should we give thanks only on Thanksgiving?
Flickr image “Gratitude Journal” by Evelyn Lim
Somewhere along the way, have we lost the art of gratitude? Isn’t the blessing each day just in waking up? Having two serious bouts with pneumonia before making it to kindergarten age, I’m told the doctor said I might die if faced too soon with a third. I’m blessed to have grown out of that and grateful to no longer fear that I’ll wake up to my own whistle-sounding wheezing.
The opportunities for thanks are all around and Diana is right that they seem to stop once the holidays are past us and store decorations are no longer in sight. For some it will even end by midnight tonight when they line up to stampede stores and malls for Black Friday. Each year we hear horror stories of the fights, thefts and other moments of cruelty shoppers wage against each other, and can only ponder if they even grasp the reason for the season.
In October, I joined others to go without something (gourmet lattes every weekday) to give back. It was a simple task and one that made me feel good to consciously think about. While I strive to go through each day saying thanks where it is due, being kind to others and carrying myself as a good citizen, I feel I can do more. So today, I am thankful for all that I have and wish only continue on with a mindfullness to give more.
What are you most thankful for this year?
How do you plan to celebrate beyond the holiday season?