When you think of
Thanksgiving, what images come to mind? Roast turkey? Pumpkin pie? Watching
football with your family or laughter with friends? The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day
In just a few days, we
will celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Yet for many, the actual day will be so full
of activity that there will be little time for reflection. Thanksgiving should
be about more than a parade, a six-course meal and pumpkin pie. It’s meant to
be a time for intentional gratitude.
Gratitude magnifies our
experience of the good things in life, enabling us to enjoy them more fully.
Gratitude also helps us to endure the hard things in life with dignity and, at
times, even with humor. I once heard gratitude described like “savoring a
delicious meal, enjoying every bite, instead of racing through a meal as if
it’s some sort of race.”
I ask that, in all the
busyness of the day, you not forget the heart of Thanksgiving. In fact, think
of Thanksgiving as more of a season than just a day. If your “Turkey Day” is
already full with family, friends, food and football, then I encourage you to
set aside some time on the day before or the day after to remember all that you
have. Better yet, reflect on the good things for several minutes each day this
week and next. Take a walk around campus, a neighborhood or in nature, sit
still in a quiet room of your apartment or patio home, a church, or the Life
Center and just listen to your heart. You might find that your celebration of
Thanksgiving is richer and fuller than you could ever imagine. In fact, you
might just discover that your overall happiness with life improves.
gratitude is one of life’s greatest joys. And it is the true heart of
Thanksgiving. So let me invite you—yes, urge you—to take time in this season of
Thanksgiving for real expression of gratitude. You’ll be glad you did.
I am so grateful to
Beatitudes Campus, our residents and families, our incoming residents for the
new patio homes, our founders, board members, friends of the campus and the
team members who, through hard yet heartfelt work, live out our mission every
day. Together we are a community and it is impossible to be that without each
of our own lives also being enriched. So on this occasion, I want to take a
moment to wish all of you a Happy, Healthy and Grateful Thanksgiving season.