The fourth Thursday of November is the day specifically set aside to give thanks in the US, but what makes us set aside one special day to say what we are thankful for? Is it merely to commemorate the first Thanksgiving? Is it the need to create ritual and community? After all, families and friends come together on this day to sit together and eat. I remember Thanksgivings of 15 to 20 people when I was young. I remember one of the ministers in the family saying grace, but I frankly do not remember going around the table to allow everyone to say what they were grateful that year. I do not remember any discussion about that first Thanksgiving. And, as the family grew smaller as grandparents and great aunts and uncles passed on, it still seemed to be the ritual of family and eating.
I suppose other families were and are different in this. I hope that many of us are at least silently thinking about what we are grateful for. Expressing it aloud, acknowledging it in prayer and writing it down are all excellent practices.
What am I grateful for? I am grateful for these things:
that I had the parents I needed to have in this life time to bring me to where I need to be and who loved me;
that I have my sisters, my niece, my nephew, and good friends for love, laughter and support;
that I have a connection to my angels and guides that provides me information for myself and others;
that I have a safe and affordable home to live in;
that I am able to buy good food;
that I have clean hot and cold water basically anytime that I want it;
that I am able to pay my bills and do not have huge debt hanging over my head;
that I am able to get myself out of bed in the morning, put myself to bed at night and for all the things that I can do for myself and others in between;
that I have had opportunities this past year to do the work that I have been called to do;
and so many other things that the list could probably go on for quite some time.
I hope that all of you have the at least this many people and things to be grateful for. And, hopefully, all of us find a way to say thank you for what we are grateful for more than just one day a year.
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Kathryn Samuelson is an intuitive who channels messages from your angels and guides through spiritual or automatic writing. She is also a life coach certified by the University of New Hampshire through its Professional Development department. Kathryn does workshops based on the set of meditation cards and book called Opening the Heart: Mediations on How to Be that she created with her friend, Linda Lewis. For more information: http://www.kathrynsamuelson.com/, klsamuelsonATyahoo.com, or 781-799-7332
Other Blog Posts by Kathryn Samuelson: Nurturing the Ego, Letting Things Go, Real Energy Book Review, Living with Doubt and Uncertainty, Bardo - The Things In Between, Musings On Mindfulness, You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps, The Choices We Make, Beyond: Buddhist and Christian Prayers CD Review, Riding Out Irene: A Practice in Maintaining Balance,