It’s that time of year when giving and serving is done with such boldness and gusto! That incredible energy and effort generates an appreciation that can be seen, heard and felt! The energy of the season is well so decorated, supported with contagious music that’s befitting and festive and memorable events are planned with such detail. It has a rippling effect, evident from the retail sales to your dinner table. You buy stuff for, smile at, eat, drink & dance with people you don’t normally see or don’t even like…that much. People sacrifice to give and in some instances will go into debt to make “it” happen. The whole world can’t help but feel the warmth of goodwill with a giving force like that, but because it’s perceptively temporal, the sacrificial costs sometimes outweigh the long-term value.
How can you make thanksgiving a lifestyle and enjoy its benefits and yield all year-long? You can translate that thanksgiving-tis-the-season-to-be-jolly-reason-for-the-season energy into offering a gift that never stops giving, the gift of gratitude. It’s not the day on the calendar that “makes the season bright”. It is the collective thought and actions we consciously put forth. You can make up your mind today to decide to live with a holiday attitude beyond the calendar. This season and a day can be used as the promoter to remind you that giving thanks is a way of life. You can live a lifestyle of thanksgiving and perpetuate gratitude by:
1. Getting in touch with what you are truly thankful for, including you – remember the little things
2. Starting a daily or weekly gratitude journal of at least 5 things you are grateful for – don’t worry about buying a journal; create one in that smart phone that’s glued to your hand
3. Choosing an organization or at least one person who may be less fortunate, to help at least once beyond the holidays – not just the homeless, but literacy programs, mentoring, etc.
4. Consistently appreciating others openly, with a thoughtful show & tell – be careful not to let arrogance or self-righteousness in on this one
5. Picking up an inexpensive pack of “thank you” cards and randomly mail them throughout the year – you can even send them anonymously
6. Becoming more aware of how you benefit from those who work as public servants(veterans, political officials, policemen & women, spiritual leaders, teachers, etc.) and pray for them and their families often.
These are just a few of the many ways to support an improved lifestyle of being thankful and grateful, because being thankful is crucial for happiness. The more thankful you are the more you will be able to develop ways to express it, because you’ll also be creating more opportunities to be thankful for and about. I am so thankful for you! Enjoy your Thanksgiving every day and much love, peace and continued blessings to you and yours in every way.