Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it gives us all the chance to reflect on the things that we are grateful for.
Today is a reminder of the importance of gratitude.
Since 1621, our ancestors in the United States have been celebrating Thanksgiving. Historically, throughout Europe, festivals were held after the harvest to give thanks and celebrate together as a community. Native Americans also celebrated the harvest season.
We continue the tradition today nearly 400 years later, but for most of us, when we hear the word Thanksgiving, we usually think of turkey and stuffing, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, football and gatherings with family and friends.
We all know that Thanksgiving is about giving thanks, but yet many times in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we forget the importance of gratitude, not just on Thanksgiving, but every other day as well.
It’s not surprising that the most successful and happiest people on the planet are also the ones who practice gratitude on a regular basis.
However, let me ask this question, Why is it that the most grateful people are also the most successful and the happiest?
Which came first, the gratitude or the success?
Are these people grateful because they’re successful…
or successful because they’re grateful?
According to hundreds of successful Life Coaches, authors, and psychologists, everything starts with gratitude.
Gratitude can turn fear into trust and has the power to turn ordinary into extraordinary.
There is no better way to adjust our attitude than through the practice of gratitude.
If the statement,”What we focus on today grows into our reality tomorrow“, is true, then we really need let our hearts and our minds overflow with gratitude.
For no matter where we are in life, there is always a reason to be grateful.
And when we practice gratitude, everything else lines up for us almost magically.
However you choose to celebrate Thanksgiving today, consider starting a new tradition in your family. As you sit together with your loved ones, go around the table and share out loud something that you are profoundly grateful for in your life at this very moment. Feel the joy that it brings to you in just thinking about it.
My oldest son, Tyler, challenged us all last week to change the way we say our family prayer at the dinner table. His challenge was to NOT “ask” the Lord for anything for the rest of the month, but to instead just say “Thanks” for things during our mealtime prayer.
His challenge has been a blessing in and of itself.
As I have listened to my children list the things that they are grateful for during their prayers, my heart has been filled to the brim.
I have witnessed the fact that they are happy.
They are my teachers. Seeing life throught their eyes has allowed me to experience a whole new world.
They are my heart and soul. So to hear them thanking the Lord for their blessings has been so sweet.
I have also realized that I worry too much about whether or not I am a “good-enough” parent or not.
If their prayers are any indication, I am doing a great job, and they are very happy and content.
This practice alone will shift your energy from where you are to where you want to be.
There is nothing more powerful, or nothing more effective at bringing happiness into our world, than to start by being thankful for where we are right now.
Often, by praciticing gratitude, the very things you desire just “appear” in your life. I never dreamed that I could have a relationship with a man that I trusted with my heart, my kids, my life… but this year, that is exactly what I have found.
I have worked and drempt, and prayed that my business would succeed, and this year it has!
So many things that I have longed for are appearing in my life. But, they did NOT begin to appear until AFTER I had learned to let go of the need for them, which allowed me to just settle into a place in life where I was thankful for what I already had, and no longer felt unworthy of more.
As we enter into this beautiful holiday season and into the new year, let us remember to practice gratitude every day, not just on Thanksgiving.
Let gratitude be the first thing on your mind when you wake in the morning, and the last thought you have as you drift off to sleep each night. And thank your higher power for these blessings.
Talk about it, share it with your loved ones, celebrate it and you will be blessed with even more good things in your life. Speak or type the words of gratitude that are filling your heart.
Make this the first day of a daily practice and watch what happens. Then Next year on Thanksgiving, look back, and I am positive that you will see what I have seen.
Your blessings MULTIPLIED!
After all, we can all learn something from the most successful and happiest people in the world…
Remember that it all starts with being grateful for the many blessings that we have right here, right now.
As you celebrate this beautiful day, may you remember that we have so very much to be grateful for and may your blessings be abundant throughout the coming year. It all starts with simply taking the time to practice gratitude as a way of life.
I am grateful to all of you that read my Blog every day.
Please leave a comment below, and share this post with your friends and family today. Let us all know here on the blog what you are grateful for, and don’t forget to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you!