Yes, the best way to stay healthy and happy is to make EVERY day Thanksgiving! No, not eating all the food we look forward to every Thanksgiving holiday, but finding something to be thankful for ALL the time!
Thanksgiving – The Big Things
We have in our display case the BIG things that our students wrote down that they are thankful for. And it is important to remember those things and it’s wonderful that we set aside a day to really think about all the blessings we have.
But even more important is developing an “attitude of gratitude”. I know it’s a cliche, but it’s a good one to remember!
Thanksgiving – The Small Blessings
We need to be open to seeing the small blessings that we receive every day. A friendly smile from the clerk at the store. A new song that lifts your mood. An old song you haven’t heard in a while which brings back wonderful memories. The way the sun shines on the last of the Autumn leaves. The wind carrying the clouds quickly across a clear blue sky. The warm head of your pet resting in your lap. The look of accomplishment on a child’s face when they “get it” for the first time! (Whatever “it” is!)
Every day has gifts in it and we need to have the mindset to receive those gifts. We need to focus on what is good, rather than what is not so goods. Focus on what you have, not what you don’t.
Thanksgiving – In Hard Times
As we get comfortable developing this first step, we can even develop the ability to find the gifts in the midst of tough times. It is a real treasure to be able to find the silver lining in every situation. And will lead to a happy and fulfilled life.
Didn’t get that promotion you were hoping for? Maybe there is some relationship that needs to be developed in the current job. Plans for vacation fell through? That can be the perfect time to spend quality time with the kids doing things close to home you never have a chance to do! Your buddy isn’t at school/work today? That’s an opportunity to reach out and get to know someone new!
And as Senpai Josiah shared last night — a virus has you out of commission? It might be an opportunity to enjoy settling in on the couch and watching shows you don’t usually get to see (or reading books you don’t usually have time for)!
As we head into Thanksgiving week I want to encourage everyone to develop an attitude of gratitude and find something to be grateful for in every situation!