Here in the United States we are celebrating Thanksgiving, which is overshadowed by the consumer driven onslaught of commercials touting Black Friday Sales and previews of Christmas shows. Christmas it seems comes earlier every year. I am not here to rant or give a historical lesson on the significance of the day, rather I would like to look at the often overlooked essence of Thanksgiving…Gratitude.
Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has. Here is the catch; we live in a consumer driven society that always has us lusting after the latest, greatest, biggest, best thing out there and then knocking ourselves (and sometimes others) out trying to get it first…it is an endlessly vicious cycle and makes the Art of Practicing Gratitude almost impossible.
I am grateful for my family and friends, I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be the person I am today without their influence on my life, good or bad they shaped me into the unique individual that I am.