Thanksgiving is a time when we all can reflect on our blessings. The original settlers were thankful to have survived the year and to have had food to eat through the long, cold winter months. I think many of us have forgotten the origins of this holiday. We focus on Black Friday sales, holiday decorations, and an embarassment of food. It is so easy to go with the commercialization of this holiday and to forget the original meaning.
During the past year I have made a point of practicing gratitude. Each day I try to think of at least one thing that I am thankful for. I have even worked on keeping a gratitude diary on my I-pad. What I can tell you is that I am a much happier, contented person because of this practice. I encourage each of you to try practicing gratitude for just a week. No matter what is going on in your life, you will realize that you have so many blessings. You may see the cup as half empty, but I see it as half full. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!