Our country has set aside a day for giving thanks for nearly 400 years. It’s nice to have a special day that reminds us of the many reasons to be grateful. It’s also an occasion to relax and catch up with family and friends. It gives us time to laugh, reminisce on wonderful memories, and appreciate the people in our lives.
Really, though, when you stop to count your blessings, how can one do that in just one day? On a daily basis, we can make an effort to thank the people around us for doing what they do all year long. Take notice of those little things that your spouse or neighbor or co-worker does that make your world a bit better. If you see someone in uniform – military, police, fire, you name it – tell them you appreciate their services and the sacrifices they make. For many of us, our days are so full of activity that we forget intentional, extended giving of thanks. Let this be a season, not just a day, of gratitude.
Enjoy your traditions – eating too much turkey and pumpkin pie, watching football, a nap on the sofa – and be thankful for those, too. Thanksgiving reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings, no matter how big or small. We are blessed and lucky to be here. Enjoy each other.
I wish you happiness, joy, and many wonderful memories.
Mike Reader, President