Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Should Come Every Day

With the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaching, the subject of giving thanks is on most of our minds. But, why should only one day be devoted to giving thanks. The giving of thanks should not be for just one day in November, it should be a year round habit, a whole way of life. Think about it. How many of us hurry along, so entirely focused on ourselves that we forget what it really is that makes life worth living. Far too often we are too busy or self-absorbed, myself included, to notice the beauty in the world all around us. Our minds are too busy thinking about getting through our busy day. We take our existence for granted

But if we would just take the time, we would see that every day we have something to be thankful for. Take our health, for example. Being healthy is truly a miracle, but most of us never notice of it until we end up at a doctor diagnosed with one illness or another. I smoked for 48 years before stopping and ate whatever I wanted without thought of the consequences.  For weeks on end, I never touched a piece of fruit. I lived on high sodium foods and sweets. I didn't believe in doctors. Heck, why go to a doctor when you can treat yourself. Besides, if there is something bad, I don't want to know. Denial will make it go away. Then comes the day when a very painful pulled muscle drags me to the emergency room, and I find that my body is beginning to fall apart.  Needless to say, I no longer take my health for granted.  I eat well, and I eat healthy. And each day I give thanks for another day.

We must also be thankful for the people, those in our living situations  and the people we live, work, and interact with each day, who have come into  our lives. They were put there for a reason. Instead of criticizing, we should appreciate them and give thanks that they have entered into our lives. How sad it is that we are often so preoccupied with our own needs and wants the we really see or appreciate one another. We should not take them for granted and utilize the opportunities that surround us each day to connect more deeply in each of our relationships.  I'd like to close today by sharing a poem from one of my favorite poets, Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Her words always seem to speak to me, and I find them a nice way to start the day.Hope you like them as much as I do.

We walk on starry fields of white
And do not see the daisies;
For blessings common in our sight
We rarely offer praises.
We sigh for some supreme delight
To crown our lives with splendor
And quite ignore our daily store
Of pleasures sweet and tender.

    Our cares are bold and push their way
        Upon our thought and feeling.
    They hang about us all the day,
        Our time from pleasure stealing.
    So unobtrusive many a joy
        We pass by and forget it,
    But worry strives to own our lives
        And conquers if we let it.

    There's not a day in all the year
        But holds some hidden pleasure,
    And looking back, joys oft appear
        To brim the past's wide measure.
    But blessings are like friends, I hold,
        Who love and labor near us.
    We ought to raise our notes of praise
        While living hearts can hear us.

    Full many a blessing wears the guise
        Of worry or of trouble.
    Farseeing is the soul and wise
        Who knows the mask is double.
    But he who has the faith and strength
        To thank his God for sorrow
    Has found a joy without alloy
        To gladden every morrow.

    We ought to make the moments notes
        Of happy, glad Thanksgiving;
    The hours and days a silent phrase
        Of music we are living.
    And so the theme should swell and grow
        As weeks and months pass o'er us,
    And rise sublime at this good time,
        A grand Thanksgiving chorus.

By Ella Wheeler Wilcox 


  1. Lovely poem. Full of Wisdom.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours... "Auntie"

  2. Lovely writings Mary.
    Every once in awhile I do marvel at my life and surroundings, but certainly not as much as I could and should.
    It's a beautiful world out there when you stop to smell the roses. :0)

  3. Very lovely and inspiring post. I realized a few years ago that too many people spend their time thinking about what could have been instead of being thankful for what is. I've learned how important the people in my life are and how blessed I have they are here. I am blessed by a beautiful world that provides me with everything I need. Though my job beats me sometimes I am thankful to have to have one that keeps a roof over my head, feeds me and enables me to live a good life. And most of all I'm thankful for my beautiful son, without whom I had no life. Thank you for reminding me how wonderful life really is if we would only take the time to think about it. And Happy Thanksgiving every day!

  4. And even be thankful for the blogs we read and the blogging friends we've made. Thank you for a beautiful post and poem.

  5. What an absolutely beautiful post! It sure is important to try and take care of yourself as best as you can, I certainly echo that! Hope your Thanksgiving is truly happy, that you feel happy and healthy from within and know that you are loved!