Although I write a lot about smiles, I don’t write much about gratitude or being thankful. That’s not changing ;) Oh well, I was off to such a good start here, and I blew it…..
Seriously, I know that I have a huge amount to be thankful for. My entire life has been blessed in many ways. I had a great childhood with great parents, both of whom are still with us. I got along with my siblings and still do. I was never social, but I have had, and still have, good friends. I had a good education. I have a good job. I have had good health. Still do! I’ve seen and done a lot of things. I’ve been to many places. Had a very wide variety of experiences, many that most people will never have. I often take these, and all of the other things that I didn’t mention (things, property, etc.) for granted. I know that is bad and try not to, but I do. i think we all do. It is human nature, particularly for those of us who are doing well. We forget. or we don’t know.
One day a year we stuff ourselves and talk about being thankful, but we need to be thankful every day. And we need to go beyond just being thankful. That is just a starting point. We need to look at those around us who have less and try to help. And I’m not just talking money. For instance, I have a great relationship with my living parents, so I need to be there to help those around me who have a rotten one, or who did have a great one but their parents are gone. I don’t mean feeling pity for those who have less. Is is deeper than that. It is not looking down, but seeing an equal how happens to have a need. We all have needs. Everyone of us. I do. You do. And we should all be there for each other. We are all in this together.
What I am saying is being grateful should not be a selfish thing. It should not be about yourself. Being thankful for what you have, giving gratitude, should be a first step on the road to compassion and then, the best part, to a giving nature, I am not there yet, but isn’t that the goal of life? If there is a better one, I’ve never heard of it :)
Anyway, a bit of sappy philosophy on “Turkey Day”. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.
Notice the tombstones behind the turkeys int he photo at the top of the page?