if every day were thanksgiving

Updated: Mar 1, 2020

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What if every day of the year were Thanksgiving?

For one thing, we’d all be a lot heavier. Don’t you think it’s funny that the capstone of a day devoted to gratitude is an overly indulgent meal? Maybe it's how we prove to ourselves that we truly do live abundant lives!

But aside from an epicurean feast, what would it look like if you took some time every single day to reflect on all that you have and express gratitude for it?

It is so easy in life to place our focus on everything that’s going wrong. Everything we don’t or (we tell ourselves) can’t have. Every wrong that’s been done to us. Every person who makes our lives difficult.

We spend so much energy on all of this, that we’re literally unable to see everything that’s actually going right in our lives.

Our working senses - whether we have all five or not.

The relationships we cherish.

The material blessings we have.

The ability to earn a livelihood.

The experiences, giant and tiny, that give us joy.

Our health.

A comfortable place to live.

The life lessons that have shaped who we are.

As we approach the day of the year we Americans dedicate to giving thanks, I wonder how many of us, even on that day, truly stop to reflect on the amazing abundance in our lives.