I am hosting Thanksgiving dinner at my house this year. It’s time to plan, shop and cook in preparation for Thanksgiving Day. Why do we go through all that work and stress for one meal? I often ask myself, is it worth it? I do not have to think very long before I answer, “YES!” As everyone knows, there are two parts to Thanksgiving, the “thanks” and the “giving”. Thanksgiving is not about drudgery, it’s about spending time with family and friends and being thankful for our blessings, both past and present. Thanksgiving is also about “giving,” sharing a part of ourselves with others. Oh wait…I think Pilgrims and Indians fit somewhere in the definition of Thanksgiving too.
What fond memories do you have of passed Thanksgivings? Look back at them and smile. Even though life can have many twists and turns and you may be in a different place, be happy where you are at the moment. There is always someone less fortunate then you. This brings me to the “giving” part of Thanksgiving.
Can I make a suggestion about this Thanksgiving? Do not make this Thanksgiving dinner just another Thanksgiving dinner. You can feed your soul by giving to others. How can you give? You can give the conventional ways; donate some food to a shelter, make some extra food and bring it over to an elderly neighbor or how about inviting someone over for Thanksgiving who is alone. You can also set some time aside to call someone who may really need to hear your voice. The act of giving makes you feel fulfilled. Just like acknowledging our blessings, giving of ourselves should not be just around the holidays. We should attempt to give a little of ourselves daily. For instance, opening a door for someone, not zooming passed someone who is trying to back out of their parking spot (big pet peeve of mine), letting someone pay before you online at the cash register because they only have three items and you have a full cart. Doesn’t it bring a smile to your face when someone does these things for you?