Thanksgiving started with something very important but really small: two small groups of people being thankful for being alive and for the support they gained from each other. It has built from that into a big thing with parades of all kinds, competitions and races, sporting events and more food than some people have in a month. The transition is a good reminder for us that not everything has to start out big; we can start with doing simple things each day to improve our lives and in no time we’ll be amazed by all that has resulted from our seemingly simple efforts.
Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be this big event. It can be really small. The goal though is to take time to be thankful. Why? Because when you’re thankful you’ll find there are more good things in your life than you ever knew, and more good things will be added all the time. No, you’ll never be completely free of the bad stuff, it will still happen, but when you focus on having an attitude of gratitude and make it a point to look for things you can be grateful for and appreciate rather than pick apart and judge you’ll find your life is fuller, happier and more satisfying than it used to be.
So start small. Look for one thing each day to be thankful for and maybe write that one thing down in a journal. Soon one thing will seem like nothing and you’ll start noticing other things in your life you can be thankful for too!
“Begin by thanking Him for some little thing, and then go on, day by day, adding to your subjects of praise…until you see in everything some cause for thanksgiving.” Priscilla Maurice