Giving Thanks…Always

Today is Thanks­giv­ing and many peo­ple around the world cel­e­brate it. I orig­i­nally thought it was only an Amer­i­can hol­i­day being that my rec­ol­lec­tion recalls learn­ing about how the pil­grims in New Eng­land, USA, cel­e­brated the first one in order to give thanks for the boun­ti­ful har­vest they had that year. It even­tu­ally became a hol­i­day tra­di­tion that started to include not only the boun­ti­ful har­vest but all areas that a per­son or com­mu­nity could be thank­ful for. Fam­ily, friends, health, a home, you name it. Hav­ing some­thing in one’s life where not hav­ing it would make life less enjoy­able is always some­thing to be thank­ful for.

My own life has had many ups and down in the past few months. Many ups and downs have occurred in my per­sonal life as well as some in my pro­fes­sional and social lives. This has caused me to have some per­sonal soul search­ing in order to “come to grips” as they say with the things going on in one’s life. It’s good to do soul search­ing every now and again because it helps a per­son to have a clear per­spec­tive with the world, their role in it and their life. My hum­ble opin­ion tells me that soul search­ing is an exer­cise that every­one needs to do at least once in their life if not more. Some of the most suc­cess­ful peo­ple (is soci­ety, acad­e­mia, in busi­ness or reli­gion, etc.) I know have admit­ted to hav­ing per­son­ally soul searched at least once in their life­time. Many of those same peo­ple have actu­ally said that they do it reg­u­larly because with­out it they have often fallen prey to their own self-deception.

Now, how many times a per­son does soul search­ing is com­pletely up to them. I really do enjoy the quote by that famous author known only as ‘Anony­mous’ that says, “The great­est evil in the world is self-deception, because self-deception preys on the trou­bled soul.” One of the sim­plest and eas­i­est first steps to doing a per­sonal soul search is to take a look at the good things one has in one’s life and thank­ful for them. Today being Thanks­giv­ing is a good day to do just that. Why? Because, in addi­tion to the say­ing “there’s no time like the present to begin some­thing”, there are many other peo­ple today also giv­ing thanks for what they have in their lives.

One of my aunt’s recently sent me the below prayer of Thanks­giv­ing. After hav­ing read it, I thought what a great item to share with oth­ers. Whether a per­son is reli­gious or not, we can always be grate­ful for the things we have. Whether the glass is half-full or half-empty, that per­spec­tive is always up to you.

Thank you Lord
Because every­thing goes well ,
For a clear and recep­tive mind
For the light that illu­mi­nates me,
For the life that heals my body,
For the abun­dance of all good things,
For the peo­ple who come into my life,
For those I love but have to let go,
For my home,
For my work,
For my study,
For my abun­dant remu­ner­a­tion
For my con­stant pro­tec­tion
For the safety of every­one who walks on the street,
For peace in my heart,
In my home,
In my work,
In my coun­try,
In my city,
In my con­ti­nent,
On my planet …
Thank God for this world in order.

Lord, always remind me that noth­ing is going to hap­pen that you and I can­not resolve.

Amen!

Happy Thanks­giv­ing Everyone!

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