This Thursday countless numbers of people will gather with family and friends, neighbors and even strangers in their community to share time together celebrating Thanksgiving Day - a time to pause in our lives, no matter where we are, in good times or in troubled times to reflect on what we are most grateful for in life. For some it may be that they are thankful for a beautiful home, a healthy family, a good job. For others it might be gratitude for a community program that offers a free meal, or a warm place to sleep for the night, a friendly person to visit with or an opportunity to gather with others to pray and give thanks.
There is something about being grateful that lifts our spirits and gives us hope. To be thankful is to appreciate what we have, even if it is little, for it beckons us to be positive rather than negative. Even if one is struggling to make ends meet or to find meaningful employment or to get through medical treatment, one can always find something to be grateful for. Sometimes that something is another person, one who is willing to reach out and assist, or one who is a good listener, or one who challenges us to pick ourselves up
and carry on in life. Gratitude is an appreciation for what we have been gifted in this life, it shapes our attitudes and how we live with others. Being grateful directly influences our well-being; physically, emotionally, spiritually. May this meditation on gratitude bless you this week.