Giving Thanks

 

In all you do, give thanks.

For each new morning with its light,

For rest and shelter of the night,

For health and food, for love and friends,

For everything Thy goodness sends. 

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thanksgiving is a time of reflection. At this moment I am reflecting on my childhood as I am preparing to travel home tomorrow. I am feeling thankful for my upbringing — the way I was raised. Appreciating what you have was something taught to me at a very young age. Therefore, I was taught to always say please and thank you. These traits will be engrained in me for life. And for this, I am thankful. 

But what does it mean to be truly thankful? Wholeheartedly, being thankful, is something beyond just speaking the words you were taught. It’s beyond a good upbringing. When it comes down to it, it’s learning to appreciate not only your achievements but your  misfortunes. It’s learning to love the sunny days as well as the grey ones. It’s looking beyond yourself and being a nonjudgemental person … loving your neighbor as well as your enemy. It’s being a generous and respectful person.

. . .

In honor of Thanksgiving, I am reminded of all the many things I have to be grateful for.

 

I am grateful for my family — especially Mom and Dad — and the fact that they’ve always believed in and supported me.

I am grateful for freedom.

I am grateful that I moved to Richmond after college and had the opportunity to do so.

I am grateful that my sister and brother — my best friends — both live in Richmond.

I am grateful for my dog and for all of the pleasure that she brings to my life –– her little quirky faults and all.

I am grateful for my job and the fact that I get to wake up everyday and do what I love for a living.

I am grateful for my friends.

I am grateful for knowing what love is.

I am grateful for my good health and the good health of others.

I am grateful for the sun, the moon and the stars — for life.

. . .

What about you? What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving? What do you think it means to be thankful? I’d love to know. Feel free to send me a message or leave a comment. Oh, and thank you.

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