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Thanksgiving is more than just a holiday...It's an Attitude!

Updated on December 15, 2010

Every year at this time, we all run around and buy our turkeys and hams and other fixings for a huge meal that we call Thanksgiving. Friends and family gather and stuff themselves with enough tryptophan to knock out an elephant. And many of us, begin our meal with a prayer for thanksgiving for all the blessings that we have received.

But, why is it we only do this once a year? I am just as guilty as anyone else. In the past few years, I've made a conscious effort to change this ritual. I try to make every day a day of thanksgiving. No, I don't cook a turkey everyday. I try to have an Attitude of Gratitude!

What is that? Well, I try to find something to be grateful for in everything that happens each day. Even if something bad happens, I try to find something to be grateful for in that incident. I know, it can be hard to find something to be grateful for when you have a flat tire or the washing machine breaks. But, it is possible.

Let me give you an example. For the flat tire, I'm thankful that no one was injured when the tire blew out and I'm thankful that I can have the tire fixed. For the washing machine breaking, I'm thankful that I can have it repaired and that there is a laundry mat in town that I can use in the meantime.

But, what if I couldn't afford to have the tire fixed or the washing machine repaired? Well, I would be thankful that the tire and washing machine lasted as long as they did. I know that being thankful, doesn't make those needed repairs or put money into your bank account to pay for a new tire. But, I firmly believe that having a negative attitude only brings you more negative things. If you are honest with yourself, you will have to admit that cussing and complaining about the bad things that happen to you, does not make the problem any better. If anything it makes you feel worse.

What you think about is what you bring about. The more you dwell on negative things the more negative things come to you. I don't know about you...but, I would much rather draw POSITIVE things to myself! So, it can only help to be THANKFUL and POSITIVE to bring more good things to you.

And don't just keep this Attitude of Gratitude to yourself! Share it with others! Tell your friends and family how thankful you are for the things they do and say! You would be amazed at how much you can brighten someone's day by simply saying, "THANK YOU. I appreciate you."

Here's a poem that I found so appropriate:

How To Observe Thanksgiving
Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on Spirit instead of yourself.
~ Unknown

Thanksgiving can be more than just a once a year holiday. Why not make it Thanksgiving everyday!


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    • Lisa M Smith profile image

      Lisa Smith 7 years ago from Coupeville, WA

      Hello Rpalulis! Thank you for stopping by. I truly believe that what we think about is what we bring about.

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      Attitude of Gratitude, I love. I agree we should have this attitude every day.

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      Lisa Smith 7 years ago from Coupeville, WA

      Thank you Whidbeywriter. Your friendship means so much to me! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      You don't know how much this helped me today. Thank you for being my friend, we appreciate you so much for what you do and say.....Happy Thanksgiving! Everyone should read this hub!