Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada as a way of expressing gratitude for life, family and more. Thanksgiving was made an official national holiday on the 3rd of October 1863 by the United States president Abraham Lincoln.
If you want to read about the history of thanksgiving, I suggest you go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving as it highlights the history of thanksgiving both in Canada and the USA.
The essence of thanksgiving is the fact that we are alive despite the many things we have gone through. We should be thankful for family despite the fact that they make us want to hit our heads on the wall sometimes. If it seems like you can’t find anything to be thankful about, consider the air you breathe. Start from the seemingly little things like the fact you awaken every morning, the fact that you can read this post, the fact you have access to the internet…anything seemingly mundane.
Have you lost a loved one? Be thankful for the fact that he/she is in a better place and if you do not believe in the afterlife, be thankful for the strength you have every day to bear the loss. Has your business crumbled over the last couple of years? Be thankful for the ingenuity and courage you had to create a business and indeed start one that failed. You would learn from your mistakes and create a bigger and better business.
I absolutely hate what I call comparative thanksgiving e.g. thank God for the food I have to eat because many poor children have nothing. That is absolute crap. Why compare yourself with others when you can be fully satisfied independent of other people’s status? Yes, some have more or less than we have but that gives us no reason to base our thankfulness on that.
I am thankful for so many things and they include (in no preferential order)
1. I am alive and have the will to go on living.
2. I have a job I absolutely enjoy.
3. I have access to the internet (where I meet a lot of interesting people and can post write-ups on my blog).
4. I have a loving family.
5. I have crazy friends who would do anything for me and vice versa.
6. I have the zeal and yearning to achieve my goals.
7. I have time.
8. I have good health (well, seemingly so since I haven’t gone for a check-up in a while and I haven’t died yet)
9. My country hasn’t gone into another Civil war despite the various issues we have.
I could go on and on but won’t bore you with my long list of things I am thankful for. Please feel free to comment and let me know the things you are thankful for…trust me, you would go on and on.