Thanksgiving Day is an excellent reminder that we have so many blessings in our lives. But the truth is that we ought to be practicing thankfulness every day of the year!
Gratefulness is a cure for many things, including depression, neurosis, anger, irritation, etc. The world would be a different place if we could spend time repeating the things we are grateful for every day!
What would a thankless day be like?
Maybe it would be better to celebrate “Thankless Day” once a year. Everyone could have permission to whine and complain for a whole day and eat day-old cold pizza and moan and groan. It could be fun to see who could come up with the most things to complain about.
We might even become aware of our own negativity and run out of things to grumble about.
After we have our one day of permission to be thankless, we could choose to spend the rest of the year practicing thankfulness.
Becoming aware of our own thought life can be a gift of old age. As we age, we have the opportunity to see our lives in a broader perspective and hopefully see that most of the things we worried about and complained about were never that important to begin with or never came to pass.
Dear Abby left some good advice derived from the original credo of Al-Anon about living without complaint one day at a time.
Although Abby printed this advice on New Year’s Day, it seems appropriate for a Thanksgiving reminder. This is a paraphrased version.
Just for today…
Just for today, I will live through this day only and not tackle all my problems at once.
Just for today, I will choose to be happy.
Just for today, I will adjust myself to what is and not try to adjust everything to my own desires.
Just for today, I will strengthen my mind. I will study and learn something useful.
Just for today, I will exercise my soul in diverse ways; I will do someone a good turn and not get found out and if anybody knows it won’t count.
Just for today, I will be agreeable. I will dress becomingly, keep my voice low, be courteous and not be critical.
Just for today, I will save myself from two pests; hurry and indecision.
Just for today, I will have a quiet half hour all by myself. I will focus on a better perspective.
Just for today, I will be unafraid. I will enjoy what is beautiful and trust that what I give to the world, the world will give back to me.”
This advice could be an outline for a life full of thanksgiving!
From The Piper, we are wishing you not only a day of Thanksgiving but a lifetime of a thankfulness! Let’s practice, just for today!