Giving Thanks

Happy ThanksgivingIt’s Thanksgiving day in the US today.  I had a little look on Wikipedia – here’s a little taster of what they say “Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.”

My Facebook and Twitter feeds have been full of Thanksgiving day messages, memes and pictures.  It’s been a lovely day, seeing all these reminders of what people have been thankful for.  And of course it makes me thankful for all things I have, all the things I can be and do, a lot of which I sometimes take for granted.

And that got me thinking about the whole ‘being thankful for just one day’.  It’s a bit like the ‘peace to all mankind at Christmas’ and ‘celebrating lurve’ on Valentine’s Day.  It’s great that there are days there for us to remember to celebrate and be grateful for these things one day of the year.

But why is it only one day of the year.  When I think of all the things I have to be grateful for, it makes me feel warm and fuzzy and good.  And when I feel like that I want to do more , so that I can keep feeling like that.  Whether it’s calling my mum more often, or emailing a friend for a catch-up, or making an effort to eat more healthily, or taking that extra effort at work just because I want to do an extra good job.

Feeling grateful for what I already have inspires me to do more.  And then I have more to feel grateful for.  So maybe I won’t take just one day to celebrate and give thanks for everything that’s good in my life and my world.  Maybe it’s something I do every day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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