“Thanksgiving is, after all, a word of action.” – W.J. Cameron
This has always been one of my favorite holiday-related quotes. During Thanksgiving, we feel thankful for all we have…but do we actually give thanks for those blessings? Do we pay our blessings forward so that others might enjoy a little of what we have?
Tomorrow, many of us Americans will devour feasts fit for a king, but how will you actually give thanks?
- Pray for or meditate on your blessings?
- Volunteer to help others less fortunate than you?
- Donate to a local charity to help those in need?
- Send a care package to a lonely overseas soldier?
- Visit a hospital or nursing home to let others know they aren’t alone?
- Spend some time with a shelter dog or cat?
- Invite over a family who can’t afford a Thanksgiving meal?
- Sponsor a child in a less fortunate part of the country or world?
These are just a few ideas on how you can mindfully give thanks tomorrow –how YOU can turn “Thanksgiving” into an action word — rather than just feeling thankful.
Does your family have its own mindfulness giving thanks traditions? We’d love to read about them in the comments below!