Make Your Thanksgiving Perpetual
“I am grateful for what I am and have.
My thanksgiving is perpetual…
O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches.
No run on my bank can drain it
for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
I love Thoreau’s words, “My thanksgiving is perpetual.”
Thanksgiving with a little “t” is not about the holiday. It’s not about massive consumption of food, football and Black Friday fanaticism.
Thanksgiving with a little “t” is the state of being mindfully present to your gratitude.
My thanksgiving is perpetual is having a sweet and continual attitude of gratitude.
If expressing gratitude lets you acknowledge something that has happened or is going to happen, then thanksgiving is the ongoing feeling that accompanies saying “I’m grateful for . . . ”
My prayer for you this Thanksgiving Day is that you feel the deeply satisfying sigh of thanksgiving as you share your gratitude list with family and friends. Let it linger with you just a bit and rest within your subconscious as you go about celebrating the holiday.
Check in with the feeling from time to time. The strength of the feeling of perpetual thanksgiving is in direct proportion with the frequency with which you check in.
Go for it and have fun. Even Thoreau, with all his intensity of emotions, recognized joy as more important than possessions.
Be grateful for joy.
May you overflow with gratitude and perpetual thanksgiving.