It’s a day for giving thanks for all that we are grateful for. Despite one’s circumstances, there is always something to be thankful for. I sometimes wonder if but what feeling gratitude is too simple a concept such that it discourages the more hardened among us from experiencing it. But even the most hardened individuals have many a thing to feel gratitude about and today, especially, as to all of us, we do have much.
When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And, it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
I am spending this Holiday alone, unfortunately. I wondered at the last minute why I didn’t make plans to get together with others — my immediate family is far away so it’s not a simple act to be with them under most circumstances, however much I wish this was not so.
Thus, I prepared no feast but have something planned for myself for later to commemorate the day. I’ve made this day not about food but about that “attitude of gratitude,” of focusing on the abundance of good and great things that I have been given, especially about our nation, our national history, our goals for a nicer future. Despite difficult times, there is always something — and someone if not more — to be grateful for. Gratitude: the perspective that reinvigorates.
But giving thanks for those things about which I am grateful, that is what today, my day, is about. And about doing something for someone else to help their day be one of gratitude, too.
Happy Thanksgiving to one and all. May God bless.
…So amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.
Verses 1 and 4 above from “Count Your Blessings” by Johnson Oatman (1897).