“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” –Melody Beattie
Every year there are blessings, big and small. Are we grateful for those blessings or do we just brush over them wishing and hoping for more? We all want more. We all want more money. A bigger house. A better car. The list goes on and on. But, as the words by Melody Beattie state, if we can really, truly be grateful, then we are able to see the true gifts of life before us. Through gratitude, we are able to realize that what we have IS enough and so much more. What if we stop looking at the arguments and differences as a hindrance, and look at them as an opportunity to show support, love, and acceptance? What if we refuse to let the chaos and confusion of everyday life take over, and see how to add order and clarity to the situation? What if we look at this “meal” as a wonderful feast to not only take a break from life’s distractions but to also have the opportunity to make memories with family and friends?
Thanksgiving is a day to look beyond the exhaustion of cleaning, cooking, and hosting and to realize that this day is truly about giving thanks, showing appreciation, and illustrating gratitude through our words and actions. Let’s take a moment to look around and to be grateful for what we all have and how fortunate we are.
Smart Choice® wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving! “May the beauty and blessings of Thanksgiving bring warmth and peace to you, your family, and friends!”