Turns out Thanksgiving day was actually campaigned for by an outspoken magazine editor Sarah J B Hale, also writer of nursery rhyme ‘Mary had a little lamb’.
As a result, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that the last Thursday of November would be a holiday, citing that
‘‘in the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, the American people should take some time for gratitude.”
What were you thankful for this year? Your family and health? the toothpaste you use? It’s easy to forget how much we depend on people and things in our lives. Don’t.
When was the last time you were truly grateful for something? Were you thankful for your manager this week? Thankful that she didn’t ask you to complete your report over the holiday? We often wait until we are prompted by events or a big meal on the table to be thankful. Be thankful always.
Who should be thankful? You! Yes you, who has cancer. yes you who has lost everything, and feels like you have hit rock bottom. And you too. You who has checked off everything on their 2016 new years resolution. Or, who has seen a 3000% increase in revenues. We all have a lot to be thankful for.
Why should you show your gratitude? Because something or someone has made something possible for you. That’s why. Because farmers spent their mornings harvesting coffee so you could have a better one.
In Sarah J B Hale’s ‘Mary had a little lamb’, the last verse says:
Why does the lamb love Mary so?
The eager children cry;
Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know,
The teacher did reply.
Of course it would be silly to call up the coffee farmers and thank them. But you can, in the simplest of ways. Like by savoring every sip of coffee. Not by curating all your social media feeds while you mindlessly drink the magic potion that makes you more alert to do it.
Where is here. You are here. You have made it this far. And you have a ways to go. It could be one more or one hundred thousand more days. But today you are here.
So pucker up with your cranberry sauce-filled mouth and be grateful.