Giving thanks

By: 
DAVID KEYES
Laurel Outlook Publisher

 

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. 

– William Arthur Ward

 

Thanksgiving means something different to each person.

This might just be me but it seems that Thanksgiving changes as we get older.

The reality of life is that the longer we live, the more we have to be thankful for.  The other side of that coin, unfortunately, is that we also see more sorrow the more pages of the calendar we flip.

For starters, all of us should be grateful that we are alive this Thanksgiving. If we are healthy and surrounded by healthy relatives and friends, that should be good for another hallelujah!

On the flipside, it just takes a second for us to reflect on those who aren’t here this year.

So is Thanksgiving a day, or is it an attitude? Is it Thanksgiving or thanksgivings?

Thanksgiving when I was young was centered on family and friends getting together and enjoying food – always a lot of food.

I think that is still the case for most youngsters. 

I still remember the smell of turkey coming out of the oven and the voices of people I love filling our house.

As we mature, the theme of family and food continues but all of the sudden we start making choices about where to spend Thanksgiving.

Kids go off to college and can’t break away for a short weekend, spouses start wanting to share the holidays with their families and older relatives aren’t as likely to travel.

While the faces around the table may change, the spirit of Thanksgiving is still there.

My wish this holiday season is that Thanksgiving be more of a way of life rather than just one day. Lots of thanksgivings.

Aren’t we all grateful we have friends and relatives – you know, those people who actually care about you as well.

Aren’t we all grateful we live in a country that is still the beacon of hope and light for the rest of the world?

The list of what I am thankful for this holiday season is robust and I bet your list is long as well.

I hope your Thanksgiving memories bring you joy and that you take a moment or two to really look around for those opportunities to give thanks and to show your gratitude to those who are lucky enough to know you.

Happy Thanksgiving.

 

David Keyes is publisher of the Laurel Outlook.

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