The troubles of the day seem to have overshadowed our blessings. Our country’s discourse is full of anger and conflict. Arguments about facts and truth dominate the daily news cycle. Many are anxious about the future and depressed about the present. With all the acrimony in our country some will have trouble finding things for which to be thankful. But, for many, Thanksgiving is the most special holiday of the year. Thinking about the holiday evokes images of football, family reunions, roasted turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving is an opportunity to remind ourselves of the good things in our lives and to acknowledge those people who enrich us
Negativity can easily crowd out the positives. We often carry forward the hurts from the past and lament the worries of the present. Be thankful for what you have instead of concentrating on what you don’t have. Loss amplifies that which remains.
Where we focus our attention is a choice. For most of us, there are many things for which we can be thankful. Positivity is all around us. We may need to look a little harder this Thanksgiving. We have an abundance of our possessions. Our basic needs of food and safety are satisfied. Our families, friends or professional colleagues provide friendship, support and love.
Yes, we can still be thankful in 2018. By the way gratitude need not be limited to one day in November. The next time you get upset, angry or frustrated remind yourself of your blessings.
Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.” – A. A. Milne, Winnie-the Pooh