This week of Thanksgiving is an opportunity to expand your circle of gratitude to be more inclusive to take some additional time to thank people personally who serve all the time in one way or another, Make it a point each day to consciously and intentionally go the extra mile, speak directly a word of thanks to someone, make that phone call, write the note, send a text that expresses your personal gratitude for who they are and what they do.
From The Thanksgiving Reader: “We take pause to celebrate that we each can and do make
meaning for our own lives; by the deeds we do, to make the world a better and a more humane home
for all. Every day offers us the opportunity to make a difference not just in our own lives but in the
lives of others. We offer our hands, our minds and our hearts to help all those who seek to
make the world a better place.” Thanksgiving Reader
When we celebrate a holiday that is particularly focused on harvest and home, on family gatherings, often around a table laden with various foods, let’s take a moment and remember the hands and the people who planted, grew and harvested, those who processed, packaged and delivered, and those who supplied our needs accordingly. Then finally the careful and loving preparation and presentation for our nourishment and sustenance. So much that is both visible and invisible.
This morning at 8 AM, five guys showed up at our front door to take down an old, sick Russian Olive tree just outside. Working collaboratively and efficiently, they had it down and cleaned up within an hour. When I went outside to thank them for a job well done, their smiles said it all, how much being appreciated means to people who work to benefit others. I also went inside and called their supervisor and relayed my thanks to him for having such a great crew of grounds people.
My plan for the week is to find a special occasion each day for highlighting special thanks to workers of all kinds whether in stores and shops or offices and stations, in person directly and indirectly through other means mentioned earlier. Make this week full of extra gratitude by expanding that circle however you choose. And to you, thanks for reading and Happy Giving Thanks!