Oh, joy for today! Thanksgiving awaits just around the corner and I get to welcome my family into our home for the night and through the day tomorrow. I love this holiday. While it holds much less meaning to me than Christmas, I tend to appreciate the actual celebration on Thanksgiving Day slightly more than the hustle and bustle and presents that can surround Christmas Day.
I value the extra time spent relaxing and bonding with family, instead of rushing through to get to the next place on the schedule. I value the sense of gratitude and sharing those things for which we feel thankful, instead of having to wonder if Aunt Suzy appreciates her present. I value the simplicity of this holiday – the leisurely morning, the bonding in the kitchen while preparing everything, the lingering meal with quality conversation, and following it all with family Christmas decorating and a movie night snuggled on the couch together.
This holiday isn’t about a quick thank you before diving right into a frenzied shopping spree to forget all of that gratitude. It’s about resetting our thoughts on things above – things that are lovely, true, and worth something. I know first hand how quickly a lack of thanksgiving can infiltrate back into our minds and hearts. I wish we could always hold our gratitude tightly and closely to our hearts.
Perhaps therein lies the problem. We try to grasp thanksgiving rather than opening our hearts to share it with others, allowing it to flow freely from us and then to freely return back to us – filling us with the love, peace, joy, and hope that comes along with it. Today, I open my grasp and hope to pass along words of love and, above all, gratitude to you all today. Carry these with you – in your mind for today, in your attitude for tomorrow, and in your heart for forever.
Your Turn: What blessings do you have to be thankful for today? What is one way you plan to live out your gratitude this week?