Lara Simmons
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Giving Thanks

Lara Simmons on November 10th, 2011 1 Comment

“Not what we have, but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance.”—John Petit-Senn

Is it just me or is Thanksgiving getting squeezed out? I swear I saw Halloween candy on display this year before the kids were even back in school and the Christmas decorations were on display before the last bit of sticky spider web had been sold. It makes me wonder: Why the rush?

I have always enjoyed the lull between Halloween and Christmas where the only thing you need to think about is what kind of pie you are going to have and how many slices. The Thanksgiving vibe is just a little less frenetic because there isn’t anything to BUY! Or DO! Until the week of. I propose that we make this time of reflection and doing nothing a national holiday – National Gratitude Month – where you spend the whole month (or at least until Black Friday) giving thanks.

Here are some ideas for making this month a month of gratitude:

Keep a gratitude journal – write about the things you are grateful for each day. The longer you do this practice the more it deepens and you begin to notice the multitude of intangible gifts we are given every day – the warm sun on your skin, a smile from a stranger, even the trying experiences we have had can be an occasion for gratitude. You can also start a gratitude blog similar to the one I wrote about in May.

Share the love – make a list of all the people in your life you are grateful for. Each day this month send a card to one person who has touched your life, thanking them for what they have meant to you.

Let the giving begin – get a jump on the Christmas spirit by taking the 29 Day Giving Challenge. Give one gift a day for the next month. You’ll be amazed at how the practice of giving increases your awareness of all the gifts you have in your life.

Get creative – come up with your own gratitude practice! How do you give thanks? I would love to hear your ideas in the comments.

A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. May you have much to be grateful for!

Lara Simmons

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One Response

  1. Sasha says:

    Yes! Thanksgiving is a holiday that’s special for my family. Christmas we’ll celebrate on a different day if we can’t all gather in the same geographic region… but come snow or high water… Thanksgiving is a day we celebrate together.

    I love your suggestion of a gratitude month. Lara, I’m thankful for you.

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