Thanksgiving, celebrated this week here in the U.S., is a holiday during which we express gratitude for the harvest and the many blessings bestowed upon us during the previous year.
While most of us are quite fortunate, often we forget to give thanks for our good fortune and it is nice to have a holiday to draw our attention to it. Studies have shown that those who practice gratitude daily, through rituals such as journaling or prayer, are the happiest. So, what are you grateful for? Counting one’s blessings paves the way to greater abundance and happiness.
I am grateful to live in such a beautiful, rural town surrounded by forests. I walk out my door into a natural sanctuary filled with an abundance of plant and animal wildlife.
I have kind neighbors and I am grateful for the many services I enjoy, such as a plowed road in winter or a place to recycle and dispose of my trash. I know that I can get help in Town Hall with any question that may come up and am grateful that the person I am talking with is cheerful and patient with me. Every Wednesday, when I see the volunteer firefighters and EMTs meeting at the firehouse, my heart fills with gratitude that they care enough to practice preparedness on behalf of our town without pay. Our police watch out for our safety. When we need them, all of these folks are there and I thank them sincerely.
When I go about town, people smile and wave. What a gift this is! I have lived in suburban areas where people hardly give you a glance. There is a connection to others in town that is palpable. Every fall many people, who have moved away from town, return just to reconnect at our local fall festival. Old friends catch up, new babies are introduced, and the web of life spins on.
I encourage you to think about the many blessings you receive on a daily basis, whether it is food on your table, essentials like toothpaste and toilet paper, or the love that you share with family and friends.
We enjoy great abundance and do not let the naysayers drag you down! There is always something to be grateful for, even if it is only your next breath, the gift of living another day, seeing a beautiful blue sky or the smile of a loved one. Embrace with gratitude the abundant blessings of Thanksgiving!