Why are Gratitude and Thanksgiving so Important?
I believe that gratitude and Thanksgiving are important because they touch upon the fundamental core belief that when you show and feel appreciation you feel more deserving of what you get. When you feel more deserving of what you get and when you are thankful you also end up receiving more joy.
In the book and movie “The Secret” we are reminded that one of the most important ways we can go about changing our life – or starting that process of change – is to think about and consider all of the things we are thankful for. The feeling and emotion of gratitude/Thanksgiving is a very high and powerful vibration that once we link into, we begin to raise our own vibration and thus attract more goodness into our life.
There’s more to gratitude and thanksgiving than just being thankful for the good things in life. We also must find it within ourselves to be thankful for the bad things. We must find it within ourselves to see something good in everything, no matter how dark it may originally feel or seem. When we understand that a big part of this life is learning the life lessons that are involved in it, we can make great strides toward becoming a better human being in general.
A good example of this can be seen when we think back to our childhood.
How many times did we get in trouble as a child, get punished, and think it was the worst day of our lives? As adults looking back we can see and identify times and things that we see and understand now that we didn’t back then. In making these identifications and in coming to these understandings we can many times find it within ourselves to be thankful that our parents acted as parents. I’m sure for the majority of us this is true. This is the lesson we apply to our lives even today when it seems God/The Universe isn’t on our side because we didn’t get what we wanted. Did we ever stop to think that perhaps there was a bigger/greater reason that what we wanted to happen didn’t happen right then and there in the way and manner we wanted it? Do we ever say thank you for not giving me what I wanted when I wanted it? Do we ever acknowledge that certain things probably wouldn’t have happened if life would have been different? These are all important questions to ask ourselves and important things to think about.
Louis Armstrong talks about how wonderful this world is. Unfortunately, it seems that more and more people are looking at the world and saying how horrible and terrible it is. Do we even understand what that type of energy does to the world? Maybe it’s not the energy of the world that makes us feel the world is so horrible? Maybe it’s the fact that we think over and over how terrible and bad the world is, and that is creating the world that to many people appear to be horrible?
I encourage everyone to listen to this song with an open heart and open mind. To see the world for what it is and what it is capable of being… beautiful. That small, yet simple change in perception can do so much to alter your energy and the energy of the world itself. God didn’t create a horrible or evil world. God didn’t create evil people. God created everything in His image, and that can only ever be beautiful and wonderful. Sure, we can deceive ourselves and others into believing otherwise, but that’s all it would be… an illusion. Stop getting lost in illusions and start being thankful for all that life has to offer… it may surprise you.
Here is that song.
Many people in the past have done the 30-day Thanksgiving challenge. This was a challenge to every day, for 30 days in November, list what you were thankful for each day.
I applaud each and every person who has taken part in this challenge. Yet I also have a challenge for them and everyone else. Why does it have to be just one month, the month of November, that we take the time to think of one thing (or several) that we are thankful for each day? Could we and should we not do this every day for the rest of our lives? We obviously don’t have to make a public display of it, but if we would end each night by closing our eyes and thinking back over the day of those things which we are especially grateful and thankful for, how much more of a difference would that make not only in our lives, but the world?
I close this post with a prayer titled Help Me Thanksgiving Day Prayer by Samuel F. Pugh0
O God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work,
help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home,
help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer,
help me to destroy my complacency;
bestir my compassion,
and be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed,
those who cry out for what we take for granted.