What happened to Thanksgiving? When I was growing up, Thanksgiving was a major holiday. We studied it in school and heard sermons about it at church. Stores were closed, and hardly anybody had to go to work. In addition, we looked forward to getting together with family and friends over a delicious meal on Thanksgiving Day.
Today it seems as if the minute trick-or-treating is finished, we turn our attention to Christmas. The new major holiday in November appears to be Black Friday.
I think this is all rather sad because we miss out on so much by ignoring the true meaning of Thanksgiving: gratitude. As I explained in this previous post, gratitude brings us so many benefits.
This year I’m setting a personal Thanksgiving goal. I plan to express my gratitude for the many blessings in my life by doing daily acts of kindness during the month of November. Will you join me?
I’ll begin with a little Thanksgiving gift to you, my readers. I’ve created a November calendar that you are welcome to print and distribute as you wish. It lists 30 ideas for acts of kindness you can do at your nursing home. Simply click on this link: Acts of Kindness Calendar for November
I realize you won’t be at your nursing home during all 30 days of November, so you can pick and choose the ideas that are most meaningful to you. Feel free to write your own ideas in the blank squares.
“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” (William Arthur Ward)