Gratitude and Thanksgiving

November 2, 2011

in the generous life

© Andriy Solovyov | Dreamstime.comIn the USA, later this month, most will be celebrating Thanksgiving.  I realize that there are different views on Thanksgiving, it’s history, it’s value, Who to thank, etc., but being infinitely practical, I’m going to set that all down and just say, “It’s good to be thankful and express gratitude.  It’s healthy.  It blesses.  It heals.  It builds up.”

Why not take this season to think about and express all that you are thankful for? 

I think it is a good exercise to write out your gratitude.  A Thanksgiving Tree or journal will do and can be viewed or read aloud.  (Stupendous Marriage had a romantic birthday idea that I think could be modified for any holiday and might work well for a private Thanksgiving time with your husband – 39 Things My Wife is Lovelier than…)

I also encourage y’all to think about joining with your sweetie and donating your time somewhere – “do” the “giving” in Thanksgiving.  There are many organizations that need help during the holiday season, but honestly, there are plenty of folks all around that could use some help (a young couple could use a babysitter or a neighbor might need of help with winter preparations).  It’s great couple time and the “pay” is heavenly.

Let this season of Thanksgiving transform your heart and life.

Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.   Robert Caspar Lintner

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Faithful in All Seasons – A lovely post from The Romantic Vineyard.  This blog is always so beautiful (the author uses a number of her own photos).


Safe at Home’s encouragement to get involved.  Serving Together Can Keep You Together  


Be generous!  Lori <><

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Sheila Gregoire November 2, 2011 at 4:35 am

When we were going through a tough time in our lives when our son was really sick, I found what really helped was ending the day writing down five things that I was grateful for, even if they were really small, like hearing my toddler laugh today. I’ve found in tough times in my marriage, too, that when I focus on what I’m grateful for about my husband, and then tell him what those things are, I get a new perspective! We need to deliberately think about the good, not always pick at the bad!

So true! Thanks for the reminder.

Sheila from To Love, Honor and Vacuum!


Debi Walter - The Romantic Vineyard November 3, 2011 at 7:05 am

I love the Thanksgiving Tree idea. I’m going to be thinking on this one – thanks Lori, for the link-up too! You are a blessing to me and so many others. Just wanted to tell you that, given the topic of your post! :-)


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