On thankfulness

Published 7:39 pm Tuesday, November 20, 2018

It’s not always something we always take time out of our day to do. Finding a moment to be thankful isn’t always easy.

Thanksgiving, when it isn’t overshadowed by Christmas or skipped entirely to camp out for Black Friday, is traditionally a time when Americans reflect on the people, places, things and intangibles for which they are thankful.

It is a time to sit at the table and put into words those things that too often go unsaid. It is the perfect moment to remind those you hold dear what they mean to you. It is a time to reflect on the things we truly appreciate in life.

Thankfulness, however, is not some fine wine to sit and age on a dusty cellar shelf. Rather, it is a libation that should be poured in great quantities, regularly, especially in the company of the ones we love. When you express thanks to others for their gifts, the result is an uplifting of the spirit. It’s always nice to feel appreciated.

The opposite of thankfulness is entitlement. Rather than a sense of gratitude for the things we have been given, our covetous natures make us envious for what we think we should have. I want this. I deserve that. Despite the popular misconception, this attitude is not restricted solely to our younger generations.

As toxic as an overinflated sense of entitlement may be, an abundance of thankfulness and gratitude has just the opposite effect.

So what is there to be thankful for? The possibilities are endless. From the basics of food, water, shelter and warmth all the way up to family, friends, love and satisfaction with one’s place in the world, there’s plenty to be grateful for.

Perhaps you will give up your thanks to God, the universe or some other higher power. You might simply share your gratitude with the people you love for being a presence in your life. Whatever you do, take a moment this Thanksgiving to reflect on the things in your life worth being thankful for. If we all would strive to make gratitude a daily habit, the world might just become a little less entitled.