In Canada, we celebrated Thanksgiving Day this past Monday. Thanksgiving Day, being the second Monday of October, was declared a statutory holiday in 1957 by the Canadian Parliament as a day to give thanks for the bountiful harvest that had blessed Canadians.
We celebrate this special day with a cornucopia of delicious food, a gathering of good friends and family, and laughter and love, while enjoying an autumn long weekend.
Although Thanksgiving Day, as we currently celebrate it, was set in 1957, Canadians have celebrated “Thanksgiving days” for years before to give thanks for the successful bounty of crops, the end of wars, or the celebration of a special anniversary. From First Nations people to English and French explorers and settlers, from long-time residents to new immigrants, Canadians have made time at least once a year to stop and give thanks for the blessings in their lives.
What a joyous feeling it is to give thanks, to show our gratitude, to appreciate the abundance in our lives!
By reflecting on all that we have and all the we are, we feel truly blessed.
So why do we reserve only one day a year as Thanksgiving Day? Why don’t we give thanks every day?
Whether we have much or little, there is always something we can find to be thankful for every day:
- the warmth of the sun caressing our faces;
- the ability to journey outside without the fear of being killed, robbed or raped; or
- the knowledge that we are not alone in this world.
If we take the time to reflect on it, we can find something to give thanks for each day of our lives.
Pam Brown said:
“If you’ve only one breath left, use it to say thank you.”
So let us try to make every day Thanksgiving Day by taking the time to breathe with awareness, to be still, to reflect on the blessings in our lives, to GIVE THANKS, and to live more abundantly!