Thanksgiving - And So Much More

We tend to think of Thanksgiving as turkey with all the fixings. Certainly family coming together in some way is usually part of the thought process. But I think we miss an opportunity to nurture ourselves in this special time when we limit our thanks to food and even family.

What in our lives are we really grateful for? How about health? My grandfather used to say to me, “David, when you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.” He also said, “David, don’t get old. You won’t like it.” Well, here I am, getting old as the hills but, for some reason, I’m feeling gratitude for what I’ve learned over the 73 years of this lifetime—possibly even a little bit of wisdom.

Yes, the body doesn’t look or function as well as it once did. But it gets me around and I still have the curiosity and faculties to explore the unknown and grow in some way. I have so much gratitude for being clear on my life’s work and doing what I came here to do—late in life as that might be.

How about you? What do you have in your life to be grateful for? It is said in some spiritual bodies of knowledge that expression of gratitude is the most universal spiritual practice of all. I think that may be true, along with service to others. In Sanskrit, there is a term called “seva,” which means selfless service. It is said that, by itself, the practice of selfless service is a path to happiness.

There is much to be thankful for right now. There is much to be in service to right now. Let’s count our blessings together this Thanksgiving.

With admiration and respect,