The fourth Thursday of each November is a significant day for Americans. It’s the day every year when Thanksgiving is celebrated. Thanksgiving was started by the Pilgrims in America after the first harvest in the New World. 397 years after the first Thanksgiving, it is still being celebrated. The Plymouth colonists and Tampanoag Indians came together in a celebratory feast.
Thanksgiving is a unique holiday for those who celebrate it because it is separating a day to be thankful. It’s a set apart moment for people to reflect on all that they have rather than what they don’t. It’s a time that families can come together and be thankful they have each other. Although here in Australia, we don’t officially celebrate Thanksgiving, it doesn’t mean we cannot take the time to be thankful. Every day is an opportunity to be thankful, but let’s make an extra effort to be thankful this week. Why not adopt gratitude as an attitude and live from that place?
There is much to be thankful for. Today is another day we are alive and have air to breathe, water to drink and food to eat. That in itself is more than many in the world have. When we begin to see the small things as big things, gratitude becomes our natural reaction and brings joy. It becomes a lens through which we see things, and it becomes a part of who we are. In this Thanksgiving season, let’s cultivate a community of gratefulness and see how our attitudes change.