I recently heard part of the story about why we have Thanksgiving. Did you know it was proclaimed by Abraham Lincoln? Did you know that even though there was a war going on with hardship and lives being taken, that he declared to set aside this day as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our Father God Almighty? Wow. His speech is pretty powerful. I googled it. Abraham Lincoln has been one of my heros for a long time. I look up to his character, his faith, and his leadership abilities. You will notice one of his quotes is on my blog page.
So I got to thinking about Thanksgiving and our culture. There is a quote, “It is not happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are happy.” So, is your outlook on life one of gratitude? So often, we take for granted the simplest things. Are you thankful for shelter, for food, for running water, for sanitation? I’ve traveled abroad several times within the last year, and I will tell you many people would love to have the environment I have. It is a humbling experience. Are you thankful and content with what you have? The phrase, “Cease striving,” has been running over and over in my head lately. Being content is not something our culture in America promotes. The culture is always telling us to have more, do more, be more, etc… But it is a wonderful thing to find contentment.
So I got to thinking about ways of expressing gratitude. It isn’t very prevalent in culture today. I mean a like on Facebook is supposed to mean thank you? What happened to being intentional with people? So here is what I came up with. How often are these a part of your habits: sending a thank you note (yes a hand written thank you note), saying thank you to people you live with for the mundane things, having an attitude of gratitude versus complaining, being present and being grateful for the gift of today, and what about expressing appreciation to people for just being them and being in our lives?
Back in graduate school, we were challenged by a guest speaker to say “thank you” instead of just “thanks” when talking with people or writing emails. She said that the “you” in thank you emphasizes your appreciation of that person. I’ve made a point to say that since then, and I’ve continued to think about what our lives and society could look like, if people were more grateful.
Are you saying yes to being thankful? Gratitude is a precursor of joy.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


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Megan S.

I'm a born and raised farm girl from WI and am passionate about life - Living with purpose, on purpose, and sharing purpose. Saying yes to my passions and helping people be able to say "Yes to Joy".

2 thoughts on “Thanksgiving

  1. Thank YOU Megan for the reminder! Like you said gratitude is the precursor to joy. So, gratitude this Thanksgiving will be the precursor to joy this Christmas! We need to be thankful for what Christ did on the cross for us and spread that joy this Christmas and into the New Year!


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