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30 Days of Thanksgiving

grat·i·tude

ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/

noun

  1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

I had a recent conversation with my mother and she reminded me of something that made me stop, think and then chuckle…

She said that I had always been a “thankful” child. It was not uncommon for me ask her for postage stamps so that I could send “thank you” notes to people who had sent me something. My mother also said I had a “gift of gab,” so I guess this spilled over into my written correspondence as well.  

It’s safe to say that I love to write “thank you” cards even to this very day (and now with technological advancements, “THANK YOU” text messages are amongst my absolute favs!).

A passion for “thanking” everyone for everything has naturally morphed into Thanksgiving becoming my all-time favorite holiday.

Before reading any further, might I remind you that this is the “no judgment zone.” The thoughts, ideas, and opinions shared here, are solely my own observations.

Over the years, I’ve observed Thanksgiving being “swept under the rug” …per sey. It is overshadowed, overrun, and just plain BURIED under the billions of dollars spent on Halloween candy and masks, which are then immediately followed by Santa and sleighs.

Where does Thanksgiving fall within all of this commercialized craziness?

I’ll tell you where…

….typically, it’s tossed up, baked, and served within an eight-hour period of time, the fourth Thursday in November. It usually consists of an average 4,500 calories, followed by much-needed “food coma” induced nap.

A condensed version of Turkey Day? A little dramatic or over-the-top?

Perhaps. But considering the time, money, and media coverage geared toward cashing in on the money-making holidays vs. promoting and encouraging behavior that supports the theme of this day, it may be more fair to say that Thanksgiving has actually been SHOVED under the rug and then invited to peer out for a few hours around a beautifully decorated table and a side of cranberry sauce.

Besides the commercials selling baked-to-perfection rolls, where is the month(s) long preparation, recognition, and media coverage for this holiday?  

Why is the meaning and spirit of this holiday not more publicized, promoted, and encouraged?

I hope my observations and opinions aren’t misinterpreted as classic cynicism. Rest assured that when it comes to holiday celebration, I am usually first in line.

Truth be told, I am an “all-year” holiday shopper. It’s not uncommon for my husband to find presents and “go-to” gifts  stuffed under my bed, in my drawers, and tucked (okay, shoved) in my closets. I may (or may not) be categorized as a borderline hoarder.

I think where my disgust bubbles over is when a holiday that focuses on “thanks” and “giving” becomes secondary (or third-ary) to revenue producing holidays.

That’s the situation, so what is my solution? Drum roll please…

I give you: #30daysofthanksgiving. What is this, you ask?

It’s exactly what the hashtag says: 30 DAYS OF THANKSGIVING.

#30daysofthanksgiving makes a concerted effort to BE, SAVOR, and VERBALIZE true gratitude for the blessings we enjoy, (not just on one day), but…every day!

So for example….

Day 1

Picture this…I saunter my way into the bathroom to brush my pearly whites. My thoughts are jumping from one to the next faster than I can keep up. Somehow with all this mental noise, I successfully put toothpaste on my toothbrush and I’m happily scrubbing plaque when my toothbrush jabs into the side of my mouth.

OUCH!!! My leap-frog thoughts are immediately halted.

I pull that green toothbrush out of my mouth and before I can feel irritated, I immediately feel overwhelming gratitude for the opportunity and blessing of actually having a toothbrush.

Why, you ask? Come on..admit it. We’ve all had times without a toothbrush, leaving us to “finger-brush” our teeth. After 24 hours, how GRATEFUL are you to run a toothbrush over those grit-infested choppers?

So…what do I do with this new-found appreciation? I recognize it. I savor it. Most importantly, I verbalize it.

I can celebrate THANKSGIVING, right there while brushing my teeth. Where is the media when you need them? This is TOTALLY news-worthy!

This is a true story. And my sincere gratitude for something as simplistic as a toothbrush actually shifted my whole attitude. My energy was lighter and my words were more kind. Overall, I was in a much better mood than I was before I sauntered into the bathroom, and this toothbrush gratitude was contagious to both my husband and our kiddos.

#30daysofthanksgiving is an opportunity to re-train your brain into a habit of gratitude.  It aligns you with the present moment. I invite you to join us in “Celebrating Thanksgiving” for the next 30 days.

WARNING: This invitation could be contagious and may change your life….if you let it.

THANK YOU for reading…and THANK YOU for joining the #30daysofthanksgiving.

Love, Tamara

 

 

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