A Day of Gratitude & Feasting

A thankful family

Millions of Americans, some of my family members and I, plus neighbors, sit down to a feast together on Thanksgiving Day. Before one bite of food touched our lips, one person attending prayed over the feast. We then spoke in turn around the table, stating what we each had to be thankful for.

When it came to my turn, I knew the food would grow cold before I could finish my list. Those of you who know me personally understand that I can give a two-hour talk on apple pie. I kept it short for the sake of others. They were “thankful” for that.

Thanksgiving – A Day of Gratitude & Thankfulness

Thanksgiving is celebrated once per year, in the USA, on the 4th Thursday in November. That’s no reason to reserve it as the only day when we reflect on the countless items we’re grateful for. We certainly don’t seem to take a day off from considering the many problems facing us, our community, the world, or our country. We are constantly bombarded with dissension, controversy, disasters, and crises in our personal lives.

Furthermore, impending dooms are further promulgated by the news, talk shows, and social media. With what we hear and see from those outlets, one might think we’d have nothing to be thankful for, and our future is bleak. No matter what troubles you are having, there are always things to be thankful for.

Some Countries – Not As Much to Be Grateful For

For every person in dire circumstances at any given time, millions are more fortunate and thriving. The countries where the majority are suffering due to famine, war, or other disasters are very few. Especially if taken in the context of our entire world. I’m not attempting to minimize the suffering of others, nor our responsibility to help our fellow man. I am pointing out how grateful we should be that we are in a better place. Because of this, we can help those less fortunate than ourselves.

Using Balance to Create a Grateful Life

By devoting more time to considering the bounty we enjoy, we more readily are able to keep a balance in our lives. That balanced view aids us in effectively facing our daily challenges and keeps us from being overwhelmed by the weight of our problems, real or imagined. Balance gives us space to reason and to create solutions to existing problems. It allows us to find peace concerning those things we cannot control.

So place a reminder in your calendar if need be, but take time to pause and count your blessings. Don’t ever get caught in that downward spiral of “everything’s gone to poop, and the future is hopeless”. It’s a bald-faced lie. Hope and good are all around you, just waiting to be noticed. We have much to be thankful for.

Jerry Philosophical Life Lessons

2 Replies

  1. Well done Jerry! Each one of us has so much to be thankful for. I am thankful that our country set aside a day to be thankful. I am thankful God gave you the gift of writing insightfully.

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