Gratitude and Thanksgiving Day

by Dennis Perry on November 24, 2011

Today is November 24, 2011.  Thanksgiving Day in the US.  This is a National Holiday set aside to allow us to pause for a day and be grateful and thankful for our bountiful blessings.

Today is a day to gather with friends and family; to enjoy a great feast which usually includes a nice turkey, some mashed potatoes and/or sweet potato casserole.  There is usually a vegetable dish or two.  Broccoli casserole, green bean casserole, or corn in some form usually fills this bill quite well.

In my house, there is always an oyster casserole too.  And, don’t forget the cranberry sauce, the turkey gravy and the pumpkin pie for dessert. 

Yes indeed…a real treat!

I have no doubt that I will eat way too much and totally wreck the very successful diet I have been on since February but, you know what, that’s OK.  It is Thanksgiving.

Today we give thanks just like the pilgrims did a few hundred years ago.

I am thankful for my family and all that they have taught me.  Not only my living family but all those who have gone before me but have served a part of making me who I am: my parents, my grandparents, my aunts and uncles all of whom are gone now except for one.

I am so very grateful for my loving wife and great marriage that is now over 31 years old and counting.  That marriage has given me a wonderful son who now is grown into a responsible and caring adult with a wife of his own.  I am grateful to now have the daughter that I never had (an even more grateful that I didn’t have to raise her!).

There is so much more that I am thankful for but I won’t bore with the details.  The point of this article is to get you, my faithful reader for whom I am also very grateful, to take some time today and count your many blessings.

Whether you live in the US or not is not material.  It doesn’t matter where you live I still urge you to take some today to think about all you have accomplished in your life.  Think about those who have influenced you or helped you along your path: your teachers, your friends, your co-workers or employees. 

Even better, start each day with a gratitude list.  I am sure you have heard people suggest this.  If you have not done it, though, I urge you to make it a habit to spend some time each day to count your blessings.

A rich life starts with acknowledging and being thankful all that you have and all that you have accomplished up to this point. 

Start a gratitude journal.  I use my regular journal.  I wish I could tell you with perfect integrity and honesty that I do this every day.  I don’t.  As my teacher and mentor, the late Jim Rohn said, “Listen to me carefully but don’t watch me too closely!”

But, I do it most days.  I put in writing at least 10 things I am grateful for.  A few of the items show up with great regularity; such as family, my wife, etc.  But try for 10 different things each day. 

A lot of people tell me that they struggle coming up with 10 different things each day.  I believe that once you get in the habit of doing this regularly, you will have no trouble coming up with 10 or 20 or even 100 things but if 5 are all you have then put 5 down.

The point of this exercise is to become more aware of the richness that surrounds you right now.  As you grow and evolve with this exercise, you begin to look at your life and your successes in a new light.  You will begin to literally radiate gratitude and that is an absolute magnet for more great things and people to enter your life.

This is the Law of Attraction at its finest!

Enjoy this day wherever in the world you are.  Be thankful for all that you have and express that gratitude openly.  I promise you, in time you will be very glad that you do.

I wish for you and your familu a very Happy Thanksgiving!

As the actor Albert Finney in his role as the character Ebenezer Scrooge in one of my favorite versions of the Holiday Classic “Scrooge” said, “Well, I have to go now.  I’m having dinner with my family!”

Count your blessings today and everyday and we’ll talk again soon.

 

 

 

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{ 9 comments }

Michael D Walker November 30, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Great reminder to be grateful every day for what we do have instead of focusing so much on what we don’t have. I also like the idea of a gratitude journal. I’m going to have to start doing that ASAP. Thanks!

Michael
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Body language of Politicians November 30, 2011 at 2:53 am

It doesnt matter where you live, it is always good to reflect on what has gone right in life.
Scott Sylvan Bell
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Body Language November 29, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Thanksgiving is always and always will be a great holiday for me, its one of the few days every year I get to see my extended family.

Mark Hogan

Clare Delaney November 27, 2011 at 10:47 am

Well done Dennis, great post! Every one of us, no matter what our circumstances, has much to be thankful for, including you for reminding us!

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Sonya Lenzo November 25, 2011 at 9:48 am

Such a great reminder. Last year at this time I was working in a homeless shelter and it was easy to look around and be thankful…I had a pillow (one of the things that homeless people mention all the time as one of the things they miss the most…their own pillow…it is a symbol to them of what they have lost)…a bed…food…

This year I am so grateful for my new friends in my new country. I got to hug each one of them and thank them for making the transition easy for me.

And I sent an email to the people back in the States who had also helped me make the transition…
So much to be thankful for!
Sonya Lenzo
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Debbie Mrazek November 24, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I am laughing that our menus are almost identical with the exception of the oyster thing!:) What a great post this is! We are grateful for you and a million other things little and big…hope your day has been lots of fun!:) Having a great time here including our Dallas Cowboys winning!:) Family and Football and Food….does it get any better??:)

Cherie Miranda November 24, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Dennis,

Thank you for the lovely post. It’s important to recognize what we do have, even when it seems like we have nothing to be grateful for.

Cherie Miranda
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Mark November 24, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Dennis,

As always, an inspirational message that we should all take to heart.

It’s so easy to forget what we have in this greed-driven society, and yet, every time somebody visits us for the first time, they almost always comment on the great view we have from our property, and that always reminds me of how lucky I am to live where I do.

As for keeping a Gratitude Journal, I understand the rationale behind it, but I know myself too well to expect me to stick at that for more than a few days.

Phil November 24, 2011 at 9:11 am

Dennis,

Well said and I’d like to add that YOU are one of the people I’m most grateful for in my life. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and passion!

Phil
http://www.PhilipHumbert.com

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