Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Goodberry! We pray that you are enjoying this wonderful time of year. We also wanted to let you know that we are so thankful for the opportunity to serve you. We feel very blessed today and wanted to share a message with you before we head out to fill ourselves with stuffing.
As Thanksgiving is a designated holiday to extend thanks, a large topic amongst staff here in the office is gratitude. Gratitude is much more than a simple act; it is a practice and habitual discipline. It requires a sort of mental re-routing and forging new connections between synapses. Though gratitude does require work, the benefits are endless.
Perhaps this would be easiest to illustrate with an example. Last summer I worked with a family who I really admired for a myriad of reasons: their parenting styles, their servant-leadership, and for the ways they incorporated faith and fun. Kelly, the mother of this family, is often the genesis of these family habits. For example, she felt a few years ago that she wanted to personally be more thankful. She wanted to train herself to not take things for granted and to not only appreciate the gifts around her, but to recognize more things as gifts. So, Kelly devised a plan.
The first step was digging up a white board and writing “Thankful Thursdays” on the top of it. Each Thursday morning, before her girls woke up, She would write down something she was thankful for and would leave it in their bedroom. When the girls woke up, this message of their mother’s gratitude was the first thing they would see. They were, of course, encouraged to add their own messages to the white board.
Kelly discovered that this habit not only helped her to detect the blessings before her, but it also reflected a spirit of gratitude which radiated amongst her entire family. It became easier to identify things to be thankful for. Setting a positive tone for the day also helped to alter the mindset of her family. When you begin the day thankful for what you have around you, it creates a positive lens which acts as a filter for how you view and perceive things.
Essentially, gratitude is a mechanism for recognizing the Divine presence in our lives; it is a mode of celebration. Gratitude becomes much more than saying thank you and becomes its own form of giving. In other words, it perpetuates the cycle. Think about giving someone a compliment, for example. Not only does the person receiving the compliment feel acknowledged, but the compliment giver also receives a surge of positivity as well.
Will you join us on this Thankful Thursday? Start by encouraging those around your dinner table to share what they were most thankful for this year. Practice gratitude along with us by checking out the following resources:
Gobble up the gratitude, friends!