Thanksgiving Is All Year, Not Just One Day Of The Year
I’m going to try to keep this short, and I hope that I get my point across.
With Canadian Thanksgiving Day passed, and American Thanksgiving Day still to come, I believe that it’s important to get this message out in a way that will help people to understand a little more about what giving thanks is all about.
Thanksgiving Day is an excuse to get together under the premise of giving thanks for a bountiful harvest, and the spirit of sharing that harvest. It is the time when the crops are off the fields and the year’s toil is done. It is a celebration of this, and is the time to start preparing for the coming winter.
Thanksgiving Day has become a day of the year set aside where we focus on the things we are thankful for in this world, and in our lives. It is a day where we reflect on all the things that we have and all the people we have in our lives, as well as all the things we have accomplished over the past year’s time.
Giving thanks does not have requirements, except for being thankful. Being thankful is the ONLY requirement for giving thanks, so why does there need to be a day set aside for it. We should be thankful and grateful all year long, not matter what time of year it is, be it harvest time, or planting time, or mid winter, or midsummer. All year long gives us reason to be thankful.
For a lot of people, one day a year dedicated to being thankful is enough. Is that because it makes it more special? Or is it because it’s a reminder to think about the things that we should be thankful for? Do we really need to be reminded to be thankful? I guess a lot of us do since our lives are so busy and complicated these days. I guess, it is a reason to get together with those we love, and even sometimes those we don’t, and be thankful for all we have.
I see each individual day of the year as a day to be thankful and to make that gratefulness known. I see what is set aside as “Thanksgiving Day” to be insignificant for me because I am thankful without needing that specific day. I personally don’t need one day out of the year set aside to specifically say thank you and be grateful for all I have, and who I am, and all that I have done throughout the year.
We shouldn’t need one day of the year set aside for us to be reminded to be thankful. We really should be thankful every day, for all that we have. If we would do that, then I can guarantee that a lot of us would be better off in our lives.
If we weren’t so busy worrying, and paying attention to meaningless things, it would be a whole lot easier to see what we have and to be grateful for it all, and all the people in our lives.
Too often times we focus on what we don’t have, instead of what we do have. We too often take for granted those trivial things that not everyone has.
If you are reading this, chances are you have a roof over your head, access to the internet, either a computer or a mobile device (or access to one), access to food and water, and have clothing to wear. Those things are few things that you all can be grateful for. Even if the any of the above is temporary, and you don’t know how long any of it will last, you should still be grateful that you have it. And that’s what giving thanks is all about, being grateful for what you DO have, at any given time.