Today is the day designated for expressing thanks. Is one day enough to express all for which we are grateful? Does it seem like many store-up their thanks, waiting for Thanksgiving Day? Would a more mindful approach involve a more frequent expression of gratitude?
What predominates in our thankful reflections on Thanksgiving? With all the division in this country, over the last few years, are not most of us still thankful for the Stars and Stripes and the country for which it stands? Is celebration and appreciation of family a focus for most on thanksgiving? Is it also true that family is a prime stress provider around the holidays? Is there less stress for families who share their gratitude throughout the year? What else do we appreciate on Thanksgiving? Is this not a time to reflect on the many things for which we are grateful?
Would friends, co-workers, teachers, mentors and spiritual leaders be on our list! Are clean air, good food, nature, pets, the senses and our talents worthy of gratitude? Are most people thankful for the military, first responders and those who grow our food?
“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” – Henry Van Dyke
As you celebrate Thanksgiving, for what are you most thankful? Will deceased family members and friends be mentioned, as well as the living? Is it worth reflecting on things, small and large, for which you are grateful? Will share your Thanksgiving thoughts? Will you tell others how much they are appreciated? Will you feel gratitude for yourself and your life? Will you be thankful for the Thanksgiving Day sunrise?