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While all of this distraction swirls around us, tugging and pulling our attention away from the central theme of the holiday, some of us drift away from the idea of being truly thankful. Avoid the temptation of giving lip service only, proclaiming thanks without meaning. Instead of only saying that you are thankful for something, actually mean it. If you find yourself in a place in life that seems to not merit thanks, dive deeper; I am sure you can find some reason to be thankful.
There are many people who live lives that seem absent of elements deserving thanks. The universe appears to have conspired against these people, driving all positive elements from their experiences. No matter how low the world seems to have pushed you, there is always something to be thankful for.
Find it. Pick yourself up. Focus on anything good. It could be as simple as the oxygen in the air you just breathed. Find some joy in the sun shining, in the color of the leaves, in the fact you are alive to experience at all. Be thankful for anything, no matter it’s insignificance. By finding thanks in it, you have just increased its value, and by feeling thanks, you have increased yours.
Finding one thing to be truly thankful for will allow you to expand your sphere of thanks. Move it beyond the bounds of that one item, encompass your surroundings, find anything to be thankful for beyond yourself. Eventually, your thanks will grow; you will find that as you allow it to expand outwardly, it will soak in, bringing the feeling of thanks to the center of your being.
As you travel through this Thanksgiving holiday, I encourage you to review what you are thankful for. Do you skim the surface, or do you allow your thanks to delve deep? Are you the kind of person whose every action is determined by a feeling of gratitude and graciousness, or do you only play at being thankful. This Thanksgiving, choose the first option. Allow yourself the freedom to live thanks and not just give it. Be the person whose actions reflect their words. Enjoy the feeling of existing in a world in which thanks are necessary and not just optional.
|This is Thanksgiving 2011.|
I am thankful that you have taken the time to read my blog today. Be thankful for something, big or small, it does not matter. Simply be thankful, the rest will follow.