As I reflected this past week upon the many blessings in my life for which I am deeply thankful for, I noticed many posts eloquently written regarding thanks and the things others are thankful for as well. I thought about Thanksgiving and what it means. It seems that annually we see an increase this time of year in people counting their blessings and in wanting to help others in need. I wondered how long this feeling will last this year. Will we make it past the 2nd week of January this next year? Could we even maybe make it to February? How about Spring? How long will we remain thankful until we end up back into our old life and start focusing again on what we want instead of what we have?
I wonder what this world would be like if we could all spend an entire year focusing on our blessings instead of our wants. Focusing on serving and helping those in need instead of focusing inward. Spending our time in uplifting conversations instead of gossip and problems. This past week leading up to Thanksgiving, nearly everyone I encountered or interacted with was pleasant, polite and in a cheerful mood. Imagine what it would be like if we treated everyone like that on a regular basis, not just because of a holiday.
Being thankful and recognizing the blessings we have in our lives daily helps refocus our energy more effectively to be a force for good in our own lives, our families, communities, and nations. Gratitude and being thankful for what we do have provides peace in our souls and provides a calm reassurance that things will be well in spite of sometimes seemingly difficult and insurmountable circumstances.
A truly thankful person does not boast of their thankfulness, they quietly thank God for the blessings in life. They are ones that others enjoy being around, they focus on good things in life and serve others willingly. They are the ones making a difference in their families and communities, as they focus outward on others.
As we move towards the Christmas holiday and the season of giving, and receiving, may we spend our time being thankful for what we have been given and not on what gifts we want. As we say goodbye to another Thanksgiving holiday until next year, may we take with us the gratitude and thankfulness that we so abundantly shared with others this year and keep it with us daily and not just yearly.