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Giving in our Thanks

Castlewood Park

This is my favorite time of the year: the smell of a bonfire, the burnt orange leaves, a crisp morning run, turkey and cranberries, pumpkin spice coffee in a double-handed mug. Cheers to the thanksgiving season. A time of thanks for all our blessings, big and small. A time of giving for those who temporarily have more to those who temporarily have less.

One of the latest contemplations of my heart is how to practice responsibility with privilege and offer this opportunity to my children. I am seeking “something more than” from our surplus and some way to show our gratitude and put giving in our thanks, and thanks in our giving.

It is not having things that make us happy. Only when we are grateful for what we have, do we know happiness. And this is the life lesson I seek to teach my children.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year, and I decided to start the celebration early. If it takes 21 days to create a habit, then now is the right time to begin practicing thanksgiving to create a habit of a lifetime.

What does a life of gratitude and thanksgiving look like? While there are many ways we can show our gratitude and thanksgiving, I have highlighted these 4 for me and my family. This is not an exhaustive list.

1. Share gratitude for the things so easily taken for granted.*
2. Waste less and giving more of our time, talent, treasure to others.
3. Experience the full gamut of life’s experiences.
4. Put giving in our thanks, and thanks in our giving.

*Create a family gratitude log. I placed a beautiful hardback journal in the middle of the kitchen table. At breakfast this morning we each wrote something we are thankful for.  The plan is to do this every day until Thanksgiving, and then to acknowledge everything we have to be thankful for.

My intention for this season is to be mindful  –

  • to recognize our blessings
  • to appreciate all we have
  • to share the abundance
  • to offer my children an awareness of our life of plenty
  • to foster a greater sense of thanks and giving within each of us

Giving Thanks and Thanks Giving are synonymous.  Those who are thankful, give.  Those who give are thankful.

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