Happy Thanksgiving Day everyone!
Wherever you are in the word today, I wish you all the best for today even if you are not celebrating this tradition of thanks giving marked in so many countries and cultures around the wold.
I love the idea of having a special day of thanks giving whereby we can express our gratitude for all that’s good in our lives.
At the same time, living with an attitude of gratitude all the time is something we can all cultivate.
Having once experienced Thanksgiving Day with my brother and his family in the USA, I know what a special day it is for so many people around the USA.
On this day, in theory anyway, we get to see all that’s good in our lives and in the world – and for a few hours we connect with our own greatness. Bit like Xmas Day, except a few weeks earlier.
Then we get back to being our “normal” grumpy and stressed selves!
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every day were to be like this, a day of goodness, gratitude and appreciation!?
At the same time, I feel that people are forgetting the original meaning of this thanksgiving celebration. Even in the UK over the last few years, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have been marked with a buying frenzy and special deals – so you can buy more of the stuff that you didn’t really need or want in the first place!
And the focus seems to have shifted more to eating, drinking and getting merry – and away from thankfulness and appreciating what we have.
I’ll stop myself there before I start ranting!
Let me walk my talk, by thanking all of you who have continued to read my blog and followed me despite my infrequent postings and multiple cyber disappearances. It is you who inspire me and make me want to become a better human being. Without you and the other people in my life, I am nothing.
Thank you for allowing me to contribute to you – and please know that I continue to aspire to serve you more. And together we can and we WILL make this an even better world.
Also, during this week of Thanksgiving, please remember that no matter what challenges you may be facing in your life, we all have so much to be grateful for.
So why does it make sense to do good every day, and not just on some special day like today?
As Mother Teresa said, do good anyway, no matter what.
“People are often unreasonable and self-centred. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.” – Mother Teresa
If you look around, the world faces umpteen challenges today and it’s really time for us to rise to the challenge and make it happen for a better world for all us. At the same time we have to make the most of our own lives and make the most of what we all have.
This morning, we had a tragic reminder of the need to make the most of each day and our limited time on earth. Australian cricketer Phil Hughes passed away, 2 days after being hit on the head with the ball. A reminder of just how fragile and delicate our lives are – and yet so precious.
Life is indeed so precious and it breaks my heart every time I hear about more senseless killings and deaths.
Of course it is not how or when you die, but ultimately what matters is how you lived your life – and the legacy you created.