How to Be Thankful This Turkey Day

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It's that special time of Thanksgiving once again. All around the country people are rushing home today to get to their family and away from the bustle. I love holidays and traditions. There's nothing like everyone in the entire country stepping away from the daily routine to come together with family, food, relaxation and time together. What makes it even greater is the fact that we're following the footsteps of those from nearly 400 years ago. When you realize the exceptional and earmarked this day is for it's heritage and it's purpose, you begin to become quite grateful. That's what Thanksgiving is all about, too. It's being honestly thankful in a heartfelt way for all that is real in life. It's for the things that got you through the year since the previous Thanksgiving. And when you truly think about it with a little bit of effort, those 'things' aren't things at all. They're the people that were there when push came to shove, whether you appreciated them (all year or at the moment) or not. They're the people you always went to for advice, or the ones you had to call when you were excited. And they're also those who come to you in this way, too :)
As you race home today, don't dwell on the hassle of traveling. Don't worry about the one or few people you don't want to be bothered with around the table tomorrow night. Instead, realize that you have food and at least (I guarantee) one smile that you're happy to see. Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude and coming together. Take a tip from our ancestors who created this tradition and come together with those around you, even if you have nothing in common (despite popular belief, the Pilgrims did not harm Native Americans. That came from other Europeans that followed). Be thankful that you weren't created to be alone, and that God gave you the people you are grateful for whether they're with you or far away. Remember to count your blessings, and say a fervent grace. After all, it only comes once a year :)


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