Appreciate the Things You Have This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time when families gather around the table to enjoy a good meal and give thanks for what they have. Sadly for a number of individuals, Thanksgiving is often a lonesome time. So many men and women spend the holiday season experiencing isolation from the outside world.

As we begin to celebrate this upcoming Thanksgiving, let us not forget to give thanks of what we have, whether big or small.

However, the holiday season can also bring on stress and suffering. This particular time of year is often challenging for someone who may have lost a loved one. For those that have lost a loved one, rest assured that they are in Heaven with God.

For anyone who might be experiencing some form of depression this Thanksgiving, open up your heart and help in giving. Helping others in need can be a rewarding way to observe the day and might also help make you feel much less lonesome. Many communities seek volunteers during the Thanksgiving season with helping out in soup kitchens, homeless shelters and delivering meals to the disabled.

Part of life is facing the unexpected. Regardless of what you encounter, never hide your emotions or the feeling of being alone. Always remember that someone at this particular moment is experiencing the same thing you are.

Perhaps the great author W.T. Purkiser said it best when he was quoted saying “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”

Let us be thankful for what we can give, rather than what we have received.