Today is American Thanksgiving, the day before Black Friday; a day off, football, turkey, family feuds, celebrating the harvest, and being grateful.
Everywhere else in the world, it’s just Thursday.
But maybe it is worth some gratitude – as any Thursday could be. Any day can be, but for most of us, most days are not about gratitude, but more likely to be the opposite of gratitude. More likely to be about ingratitude. We complain more than we should, more than is healthy, and complaining doesn’t usually produce anything useful in a tangible way – and certainly not when we seek to endear ourselves to anyone, or to have anyone endear themselves to us.
One of my favorite speakers (he’s a good writer too with lots of successful books – but his best talent is performing on a stage, making a point and being funny while he does it) is Seth Godin. He wrote a Thanksgiving column which hits on this subject: If every day were Thanksgiving. That article has a link within it to 32 pages of readings which are apropos of any occasions, or any day for that matter, when you want to be wise, kind, and grateful all at the same time. No need to print them off – though you will likely want to, so you can share with your family on special occasions. Or just to read for yourself. He really has assembled some brilliant, timeless words worth reading, worth repeating.