Tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, is a symbolic time to pause and count our blessings. In American culture, the day is a time of gathering. Friends, family, and others sit together around the table and eat a hot meal. In essence, everybody is happy and thankful for the blessings in their lives.
Even the homeless or women and children in shelters are showered with more gifts of thanks on Thanksgiving Day. The season of compassion begins anew and usually lasts until the New Year. Food, presents, and the joy of sharing become prominent during this time of the year.
- I would be thankful if all across the globe this spirit of compassion would last all year. Let each person in their heart pledge to think about their fellow man, woman and child each and every day. Then, the overcrowded soup kitchen will have enough food and volunteers to serve hot meals to every person in need. Then, the shelters will have enough room to house those who face hardship or the world will see an eradication of the need for shelters for all will be safe and warm at night.
- I am thankful for my neighbors. Just three days ago one neighbor became alarmed that I was in jeopardy and a whole group of them gathered and called the police to check that I was okay. When I arrived back home, they all were so relieved that I was okay that one neighbor cried. That is agape love which should envelop us each and every day.
- I give thanks for happiness. Joy is a part of me because of the multitude of blessings that are evident to me. We are all blessed – look for the good and release negative burdens. Be in-joy.
- I am so grateful for words. Words elevate the soul and I am thankful to be able to use words to uplift someone, to soothe a troubled mind, to encourage the talent that we all possess.
- I offer thanks for peace. Let me be an instrument of peace, taken from the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. Each of us can let peace begin within and change the world into a more harmonious place. Dr. Wayne Dyer offers that the only requirement for this to happen is to set it as our intention – it is done.
- Thank you to my family who are my friends for unending love.
- Friends, I thank you. We have chosen each other to share all there is in life.
- I honor the children, youth, and young adults who are in my life with gratitude. Your acceptance of my love for you keeps my heart beating so that we can experience another time of sharing. You ALL make me proud.
- I am thankful for unity. As a Baha’i, I get to experience the richness of unity – the oneness of mankind. This spirit of oneness captures all that thanks is: knowing there is one source of good, facing each person as a creation of God rather than from the differences of skin color, gender or culture, enjoying close relations with everyone, exploiting the good traits as a priceless treasure, working in one accord for the betterment of the world.
Thank you today, tomorrow, and every day. I give thanks.