Embarrassingly enough, it wasn’t until this morning, my forty-fourth Thanksgiving, that I considered both words of this holiday as their own entities. When we speak of the meaning of this holiday we often say it is a day to give thanks. But, if we are thinking about true happiness, we must do more than give thanks.
When we are grateful, our hearts are fuller, our mood lighter, the self—mind, body, soul, and spirit—are more positive. We offer thanks, and in doing so, realize all that we have. Wouldn’t you rather feel blessed than doomed? If you feel like there’s nothing for which to be thankful, start with offering gratitude for your breath, cleansing tears, the ability to walk, and talk, and think, and the ability to teach yourself to rethink. Start making your gratitude offering right now, and every time your thoughts become negative, be grateful out loud. “I am grateful for my family, friends, the ability to write, read, change my thoughts, and change my world for the better ….” Whatever you are grateful for, say it out loud.
The second word in Thanksgiving, give, is often used to precede the word thanks, when we talk about this special day. We give thanks for all that we have. But, let’s think about giving as a word unto itself. When we give, there’s a boost in our spirit that compliments the feelings we have when we are grateful. Giving creates a fullness of energy, like a firework bursting from inside out. It creates a joyful glow, a warmth deep down in the bones, a precious peace that we are doing what God intended us to do. Giving doesn’t have to be spending a load of money. It can be a prayer, a smile, a compliment. Sure, it can be giving of material items, but it doesn’t have to be. When you are truly giving, you can feel it—you know you are moving through the moment synonymous with the Creator who placed you here to connect fully, meaningfully, and peacefully with others. We are all connected. We need to give our love to one another in whatever way that still small voice asks of us.
In contemplating the word Thanksgiving, I’ve decided that this is a powerhouse of a holiday when it comes to considering how to live a good life. Be grateful, offer others your best, and you will find peace, love, and joy in abundance.
Happy Thanks Giving.
Change your mind. Change your world.