Every year at Thanksgiving time people run around to get all the right ingredients for the perfect meal. Let’s take a step back and think about the real meaning of this holiday. The first Thanksgiving is a celebration of new found friendship between the Native Americans and the Pilgrims —a celebration of their harvest and settling into a new village together. Now Thanksgiving is running around to get lots of food and decorations which precedes the rush for Black Friday specials. Let’s take a few minutes to think about this holiday in the frenzy of rushing it to just get to Christmas.
Think about all the beautiful parts of your life (your family and loved ones, your health, your achievements, the beauty of the world around you… I could go on and on) that you should be thankful for. Take time and make a list. With my students we make a large pumpkin pie out of construction paper and we put all the things we are thankful for in the “slices”. Look through the lens of a child and you will be able to simplify the glorious little things that we should be thankful for.
I would like to be thankful for all that I have had in my life, for all my loved ones that I am missing today and for all the future memories I will make with my family and friends. I wish all of you a Happy and Thoughtful Thanksgiving. Enjoy the beautiful people in your life as you don’t know how many more times you will have together. Take nothing for granted and live with all your heart.