Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a great time to be with friends and family, to connect and share with them, and to focus on what we’re grateful for in our lives. Sometimes, however, even on Thanksgiving it’s easy for us to get caught up in “doing” all of the things we need to do – cook the dinner, clean the house, travel, etc. While the details and logistics of this holiday can be involved, stressful, and even fun, it’s important that we remember the true essence of the day – to GIVE THANKS.
As we gather with our families and friends this coming Thursday, let’s take some time to really think and feel deeply about all that we’re grateful for, the people that we appreciate in our life, and the many gifts and blessings of our own lives. When we stop to pay attention, there are so many things for us to be grateful for.
When you sit down for your meal, have someone (probably you) start by sharing some of the things they’re most grateful for in their life. Have each person take a turn with their own “gratitude sharing” until you have gone around the entire table. To make things even more powerful a meaningful, see if you can spend some time with each person during the day and let them know what you appreciate about them.
By putting some attention and focus on what Thanksgiving is all about, not only will you have a more fulfilling holiday, it will allow you experience the incredible power of gratitude and appreciation.
Have fun and Happy Thanksgiving!