The Thanksgiving Holiday is upon us. This hasn’t been a holiday that I have celebrated much in my 20+ years of living in the UK. The British don’t celebrate any form of Thanksgiving that I know of. They have Bank Holidays instead. Even Christmas becomes a Bank Holiday – if it falls on the weekend!
Thanksgiving is a holiday in America that is celebrated by people of all religions and cultures – it is a National Holiday that falls on the last Thursday of November. Although it initially stems from the pilgrims giving thanks to the Indians for helping them survive their first winter in a new world, it has come to mean something else for most people.
It is a time when people try to be together with their family – and if that isn’t possible, to be with friends – and share a large meal – to be grateful and give thanks for what one has. Well, that is the idea!
This year, I will be celebrating Thanksgiving on Saturday with some very dear friends. I am very grateful to have these good friends in my life. They are part of a very small handful of people who have known me before I moved to London. They’re my family.
Being grateful – that is a big issue for some people. In this current economic climate, with redundancies, mortgage and property issues, there are people who would have difficulty finding anything to be grateful for.
Take a look around you and see what you have and what you can do. You would be surprised what you could be grateful for – and by being grateful for even the small things, I believe that will allow the bigger things to come into your life.
Here is how I sometimes start my morning: I wake up – I’m still alive, the alarm goes off – I can still hear, I still have my sense of smell, I can still see, I have a warm bed, I get out of bed – I can still move my body. Get the picture? If you can do those things, you are better off than a lot of people.
I have food to eat, and a roof over my head – I have a car (use of public transport) and some money in the bank – I have skills that enable me to work – I have great kids and great friends – I can dance and I have a sense of humour – I have access to the internet! The list just goes on.
So, what are you grateful for? You will find there is more to be grateful for than you anticipated.