“I am grateful for what I am and have. My Thanksgiving is perpetual.”
—Henry David Thoreau, American author, poet, and philosopher
Thanksgiving is a United States holiday celebrated every fourth Thursday of November since Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “thanks-giving and praise to our beneficent father who dwelt in the heavens,” in 1863.
Thoreau’s quote suggests a value 365 times that of this single November day, coaching us to embrace and express the gratitude and thanks we can experience and express on a daily basis.
In what ways can you be perpetually thankful to help yourself and others in your communities live a more full and richly rewarding life?
“I thank you for your part in my journey.”
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The words “Thank You” are magical. They have brought more joy, happiness, satisfaction, and smiles to the world than most of us can imagine. In my youth, our parents, teachers, and community influencers taught us to say “please” and “thank you.”
Over the last decade or so, I’ve noticed these daily courtesies diminishing – perhaps due to the increasing pace of life. Many of us are increasingly overwhelmed by the demands and stresses to keep up or stay ahead. We often rationalize that we simply “don’t have the time.”
What is the cost to you and those around you when we don’t offer and receive quite as many “thank you’s” throughout the day as we used to?
What benefit would you see if you made it your job today to offer your most heartfelt “thank you’s” and gratitude to those who have helped you on your journey?