An American Thanksgiving

November 19, 2012

We are about to enjoy another Thanksgiving holiday but before we indulge in the holiday, I would like to give you something to think about before you tie on the old feed bag.

America celebrates Thanksgiving but once a year. It is the time America has set aside to slow down and reflect on all the blessings in our lives. It is the one time that we as a nation come together in unison to give thanks. We give thanks for all those people in our lives that have blessed us. We give thanks for all the materialistic advancements we have made.  We give thanks for any religious blessings that we have. We give thanks for any and all freedoms we have.  We give thanks for each and every day we are alive. We give thanks for every imaginable thing in our life.

It is a wonderful holiday, and does give us time to reflect on all the positives in our lives. It gives us a chance to ignore all the negatives in our lives. We can remove ourselves from reality, even if it is just for one day. We can be happy and blissful for at least 24 hours out of the year. We have made this a very special day, one day out of 365.25 days.

I have nothing against the holiday, but like I said, it is but one day out of 365.25. I think it is a great thing when we dive head first into the holiday, but during our remembrance we must remember that it is just one day. What about the other 364.25 days in the year? We should remember and be thankful for our blessings every day, not just the one per year.

If we only do it once a year then we are no different than those ancient worshipers who would offer their thanksgiving offering on a sacrificial alter only once a year, then go about their business the rest of the year. They didn’t show their thankfulness every day, and because of that they were probably miserable 364.25 days of the year. We should show our thanks ever time we are blessed and every time we have the opportunity, every day, every hour, every minute, every second and every micro second of the day.

I am thankful for every minute that I draw breathe into my body. I may not be expressly blessed in material things, but I am extremely blessed in Godly things. I am thankful for God and all that he has done for me. I am thankful for my wife and son. I am thankful for my extended family. I am thankful for my Christian brothers and sisters. I am thankful for everyone who has touched my life whether in a positive or negative way, because all of them have helped shape my life into what it is today. I am thankful for any and all material possessions that God has allowed me to play with while here on this earthly playground.

I am thankful for Thanksgiving Day, but I am even more thankful for all the 365.25 days each year that I walk the earth. Our time here on earth is but a flash and that is why every minute we enjoy and are thankful is important. The more thankful you are, the happier your are. Thankfulness and happiness are directly proportional. If you want to be happier, then be more thankful in your daily life. Try it and see for yourself if I’m not correct.

I hope everyone is extremely thankful every day for the rest of their lives. That would be my blessing for all on this annual day of Thanksgiving.

P.S.—I am also thankful for all those who read and enjoy my articles. It is a blessing to me to be able to share with you these small tokens from my heart.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

 

 

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