We are now approaching that time of the year where the nights are longer and the days are colder and most people's focus are directed towards the holidays, and assembling with family and friends to give thanks and spend time together.
Thanksgiving has always been a holiday of overabundance to me, too much food, too much family and too much overindulgence. Don't get me wrong, the food has always been tasty, I enjoy seeing my family and I do my best not to overeat, but it seems like over the last few years it has given people carte blanche to overdo what they know is not right. Too much of anything isn't good for you in my book, and moderation is key. My question is, why do many wait until Thanksgiving to show or give thanks. What happened on the other 364 days before this day?
We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. ~Frederick Keonig
This quote struck home with me because it conveys how I feel about celebrating on one day to give thanks. Thanksgiving feasts should happen daily at dinner tables across the world, not just on a fateful day in November. I am forever grateful for having the ability to wake up each day, to have food to eat, and most of all for sanity. I'm grateful for my family even when they don't seem to understand or get me. I feel that we, especially as Americans take a lot for granted. This past presidential election displayed that to me so fervently, as now there are people in different states who want to pursue secession from the U.S. because they don't like the president. It totally baffles and saddens me, I'm sure there are people around the world who want the simple pleasures of having a tenth of the choices and freedoms we have here in the U.S.
I just hope that next thursday as families and friends gather around the country to give thanks, that they take the time to give thanks from that day on daily, and not wait until the next holiday or tragedy to take place before they count their blessings.
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”
― Maya Angelou, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer
LaDawn "Khetnu Nefer" Frasier is a multi-passionate women's holistic health coach, who is dedicated to helping women overcome issues with their womb. As a uterine cancer survivor and a woman living with PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) she knows first hand how important holistic health is in helping women to heal themselves. This blog chronicles her health journey as well as provide tip and tools for others to utilize on their holistic health path.