“There is one day that is ours. There is one day when all we Americans who are not self-made go back to the old home to eat saleratus biscuits and marvel how much nearer to the porch the old pump looks than it used to. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.” ~O. Henry
Calendars have been turned over to November now. This means that Thanksgiving is just around the corner and soon to be followed by Christmas and the New Year. How do we want to spend our time in preparation for the holidays? How can we show our love and kindness to those in need? This writing will give some ideas and suggestions on how to do just that.
Many people have decided to make November “30 days of thanksgiving.” With this, they express something that they are thankful or grateful for each day of the month. There are many things to be thankful for: family, friends, good health, children, a home, a car, a job, community, food, sunshine, a smile, a kind word, or a wide range of other choices. Whether it is during the month we celebrate Thanksgiving, for 30 days, or every day, it is always good to give thanks for the tremendous blessings and gifts life has provided us.
In preparation for the holidays, there are many who cannot afford to buy groceries for a Thanksgiving meal or provide presents for their families. There are many organizations that help with each of these situations. Community Thanksgiving Meals, Harvesters, Heart-n-Hand, many local churches, and others could use help in accomplishing their goals of helping those in need. Kindness given to others is returned multiplied.
November may be a time of reflection. It begins with All Saints and All Souls days; both days to remember those who have passed away. Were they family members, friends, or something else? What did they teach us? Keep the memory alive of those in our past by forgiving any resentments that may still exist, pray for peace, and try to think of something good that came from having those people as a part of our lives. Was there something significant about a certain person that sticks out in the memory? Think of some of the quirky things that made that person special.
November will come and go before we know it. Make good use of the days that we are given by spending some time in thoughtfulness, thanksgiving, reflection and prayer. Psalm 107:1 says, “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever!”
“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.” ~Cicero