Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday of the year. It is a time when family and friends come together just to celebrate one another and to truly reflect on the blessings in our lives.
My wife has been chomping at the bit this week to put up Christmas decorations. She is a school teacher so this is a short week with lots of time for her to put up our 23+ boxes (last time I counted) of indoor Christmas decor. It doesn’t help that retailers or the news seem to only be able to talk about Black Friday.
I steadfastly stick to my no Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving rule; it’s the only time I really enforce my wishes on a holiday. Looking around the house, I notice that she has removed almost all of the normal decor so I am staring at some unusually bare walls. That’s been our unspoken compromise.
You see, Thanksgiving has become a pass over holiday (sorry no pun is intended). The key to true success and happiness is to be thankful for what you already have, but we seldom are. We have been bombarded with relentless messages to do more, be more, and want more. The “more” rarely satisfies.
It doesn’t stand a chance unless we learn to be grateful for what we have already. This Thanksgiving, stop a take a few moments to reflect upon what you already have.