the quality of being thankful; the readiness to show appreciation for and return kindness.
synonyms/ gratefulness, thankfulness, thanks, appreciation, recognition, acknowledgment, respect, regard, indebtedness. opposite/ingratitude
don’t you just love november? yes, it has its share of gray skies, and the days have become shorter, leading to longer nights. oscar and i have to head out on our nightly walks around five o’clock instead of seven… but last november, i wasn’t able to take him on a walk at all due to my knee, which was bone on bone and quite painful, making it difficult to navigate stairs and simple tasks like walking my dog. post-surgery, every time i head out the door with leash in hand, i pause for a moment with a thankful heart for my total knee replacement, which gave back my vibrant life. did you know there are studies that show that gratitude is good for relationships and affects our overall physical health? those Pilgrims were onto something way back in 1621 when they celebrated a successful harvest season with the Wampanoag tribe by their side. with Thanksgiving four weeks away ’tis the season for gratitude.
it may seem to some of us that there’s nothing to be grateful for in the year of the pandemic. what with our world turned upside down and our lives along with it. to be certain Thanksgiving 2020 may look a bit different than years gone by. many of us won’t be able to gather with those we love to share that special meal that centers around a turkey and is loaded with calories and carbs. just thinking about mashed potatoes with butter has my mouth watering. so we might be thinking what’s the point of celebrating this year? who wants to go to all the trouble of whipping up a meal for two or four instead of ten or twenty? but i will argue it’s always a good idea to celebrate and make Thanksgiving a priority in your lives. after all, Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to show gratitude because the two go hand-in-hand.
what am i thankful for this year? well, i truly am grateful for my family that lives a hop skip, and a jump away. i’m thankful for oscar and ollie who shower me with unconditional love. and i give thanks every day that i write a daily blog post and connect with all of my lovely readers. my heart is full of gratitude for the kindness you show me day in and day out. so i encourage you today to focus on thankfulness instead of ingratitude. to think about the positive instead of the negative. to appreciate this great country we live in that was founded on gratitude. let’s think about others and how we can show our appreciation. and let’s make november the season for gratitude.
happy thursday, ladies. it’s time to put a smile on someone’s face including yours. and don’t forget to stop by and share what you’re grateful for.