Giving thanks or being thankful is something we hear about often. But, in spite of that repetition, how often do we truly give thanks?

thankful-copyDepending on where you live “thankful” is not only expressed differently, it’s felt differently. Many of us have the privilege of being able to be thankful for people who love us, good health, financial stability, a roof over our heads and enough to eat. Many, many others—people who are humans just like us—are thankful for just one day of non-violence, freedom from persecution, medical care, shelter from the cold or having anything to eat.

Do we sit back and bask in the awareness of
the many gifts we have?

In this fast-paced life that most of us create, we don’t stop, and breathe, and reflect, long enough to be thankful. We often have great intentions because we know how fortunate we are but—despite that—this is the time of year when many of us go into overdrive attempting to create “perfection”. “Perfect” looks different to all of us but there seems to be some commonalities.
We clean and
worry and
make lists and
decorate and
cook and
bake and
shop and
shop some more and
try to impress,
without it looking like it was any effort at all.
We’re more concerned with getting to the store for that special sale than we are with staying at the table, talking to someone we love.

We try to make up for all the disappointments we’ve had over the years—the times our holidays didn’t look like a bucolic scene from “Currier & Ives”. And, we miss the point.

We get so drunk on electronic consumption,
and so lost in the world of possessions,
that we forget all we have to be thankful for. 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, “We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.”

We live in a world with a climate that’s often inimical to gratitude. 

The ordinary, but not small, gifts are what make up our lives. A lot of us pray when we’re in a tough place, but forget to pray with thankfulness and gratitude for all we have everyday.

When we look back on our lives I don’t think we’re going to regret spending time with God (or the name you call your Higher Power), in community with other people, or in quiet time connecting with our spirit—the essence of who we are. And, in spite of knowing that, I still have much work to do.

I hope that, as this year winds down, we all slow down enough to just be.
Be thoughtful.
Be cheerful.
Be purposeful.
Be joyful.
Be peaceful.
Be thankful.
May this season of love be just that.

Happy Thanksgiving,

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