Gratitude – Every Day is a Thanksgiving Day

October 13, 2014 Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. American turkeys get to breathe easy until next month. Aside from just being a Turkey Day where friends and families come together to overeat, let us consider the deeper implication of this celebration.

The harvest celebration has been going on for countless centuries in countries where there are definite seasons. It marks a point where the fruits of ones labour can be enjoyed, but there is a dark side to it as well. The cold, hard winter is approaching and if insufficient food has been put aside, the survival of those involved could definitely be in jeopardy.

The gardens my wife Heidi and I tend to have provided us with a wide variety of flowers, fruit, berries and vegetables this year. The harvest does not come about by magic, however. We both put a lot of time, effort and love into what we do. There are a number of steps involved:

  • Planning – If I am to harvest garlic next summer, I have to plant now. Depending on what I plan on growing, I have to know the type of soil, where to plant to get the correct amount of sunshine, when to sow, what type of fertilizer, how much watering the plant will need, etc.
  • Having Realistic Goals – Living on the Canadian southwest coast, we do not get extreme temperatures so I can focus on what will grow best here. I do not plan to grow and harvest what they have in Saskatchewan nor what they can in Florida.
  • Know My Skills & Capabilities – My wife and I are both in our early seventies and have acquired knowledge in many areas. We also work very enthusiastically. That said, we both realize that our bodies do not work the same way as when we were youngsters in our fifties.

Now let us set aside the garden analogy and have a look at how happy you are in your life. Have your planning, realistic goals, skills and capabilities brought you a bounty that you can be thankful for? Is your larder well-provided in preparation for misfortunes in your life? Can you see where you fall short of the mark on any of the points I have listed?

The word “Thanksgiving” is extremely important. Enjoy your feast with your family but make everyday a thanks-giving day. Focusing on gratitude will keep you happy.

“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward

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