I think by now you know I’m all about being grateful everyday. I believe there is always something to smile about, and usually the smallest things can give sense to our days (eating pizza for example). Since we are about to have Thanksgiving break (YAAAYY!) I wanted to share with you one of the many meanings of the holiday, the meaning that relates to its name: expressions of gratitude:
The meaning of Thanksgiving has undergone numerous transitions — an expression of gratitude for survival, a council’s recognition of its flourishing community, submission of the local natives, the defeat over the British, resulting in a collection of traditions and values. Over the centuries, families added their customs to the Thanksgiving celebration, preserving that which they held most precious.To gather in unity – It is refreshing and invigorating when people come together, in celebration of a common purpose. It is a reconciliation of differences as well as a time of healing. In sharing our victories as well as our struggles, we find strength and hope.
To teach the young – In stories retold, each generation brings purpose and significance to the richness of their heritage. Faded pictures, sentimental knick-knacks, even the prayer of Thanksgiving before the meal all form a Thanksgiving family legacy.
To prepare the heart – In gratitude, we humbly reflect upon all the gifts (family, friends, health) that saturate our lives. By “giving-thanks” we choose to extend ourselves and give to others less fortunate. Out of the abundance of our hearts, we are able to offer our resources to help others.
I’m going to take this long weekend to spend time with my family and show all the gratitude I can, I hope you do the same (I also hope you get everything done on Thursday and sleep from Friday to Sunday)
Ms. Di Muro