In the USA we celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday. Celebrating and being thankful is not easy for a lot of us this year, because many people are very sad about the direction our government is headed.I imagine that there have been many years that people had to rev up some spirit and take a second look at that for which they are thankful. In the US, Thanksgiving is the one holiday that all can celebrate together, so it is even bigger than Christmas.
In spite of everything, this year there is much for which to be thankful. Every day of our lives we have to cultivate the art of being grateful for what we have, instead of being overwhelmed by what we have lost, or that we will or may lose. Mumbling a few words is not a real and soul changing feeling of gratitude.
Being grateful does not mean that we are satisfied or complacent. We need to work to make the world a better place and to look around us to see what we can do to help others.
I know I do not do enough to head the world in a better direction or to focus on caring for others but that is still what I should be doing. I am trying to increase my involvement and to be more focused on the needs of others.
Gratitude needs to be practiced and when you do practice gratitude, it usually motivates you to help others because you don't feel so deprived yourself. Gratitude is one of the best gifts you can give yourself though. It just makes you a happier person.