It’s almost here again, the time of year when we take time to reflect on the past few months. Time to count our blessings and list our reasons to be thankful, but sometimes it might be difficult to find that thankful moment, times when life becomes too much to handle. That’s when the faces at the table play the most important role ever! It’s time for them to tell you why they are thankful for “you” and what a difference you make in their lives. If you know someone this year that’s struggling to find the joyful peace of thankfulness, reach out and help them to understand that even though they can’t find their “thankful” self, you will help them to understand how important they are and how much they mean to you. It’s all about family and friends and helping others to feel included, safe, loved, appreciated and yes grateful. Life can be stressful, challenging and difficult, but it can also be amazing, even in the hardest of circumstances.
This year, try something different. Share what you love most about the people who complete your life. How do they tie into your thankfulness? What makes them special and unique? It only takes a few kind and sincere words to completely change the way someone feels. Just like harsh and unkind words can push a person deeper into despair, kindness and love can be the lifeline that pulls them out. We really do have the responsibility to lift each other up…the greatest of these is love!
Enjoy the meal, enjoy the season, enjoy each other and don’t forget to be a lifeline! We’ve only got one life on this earth; make it a beautiful, meaningful, loving and generous journey!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, I decided to look at a little history behind the holiday. Documentation is sparse as to when the actual first Thanksgiving or feast to celebrate harvest originated. Some documentation goes back as far as the fifteen hundreds while other documentation states the sixteen hundreds. Plymouth Rock celebration of an outstanding harvest in 1621 may not have been the first time people celebrated their good fortune in planting and harvest!
Here’s a link from Wikipedia that’s loaded with many interesting facts about harvest feasts, feasts of thanksgiving and gatherings of celebration.
Wherever the origination for sure, the real point is that as people we really haven’t changed that much over the years. We still have the desire to gather together in celebration of good times, times of thankfulness and blessing and we still have that overwhelming desire to share it all with each other!
When you gather together this harvest season, remember that we are doing the same things they did back in the fifteen hundreds, most likely a little easier now, but with the very same outcome…Thankfulness!