Thanksgiving is just a few days away. In the midst of the holiday frenzy, we often sweat the small stuff. We worry about whether or not the bathrooms are clean enough or our pie is going to be edible. We stress about having our in-laws in town, and we make detailed plans for Black Friday shopping. We tell our kids to mind their manners, and we make sure there are batteries in the camera so we can take plenty of pictures of the festivities.
But when do we give thanks? Is this a fleeting moment when you go around the dinner table and say something quickly so everyone can get on with eating their meal? Do you take time to reflect in the midst of cooking, cleaning, and football watching to really think about all that’s good in your life? Do you pick up the phone to call family members and friends, not out of obligation, but because you genuinely want to express your gratitude for the difference they’ve made in your life? Do you post your gratitude publicly on Facebook and Twitter but forget to convey it one-on-one with those who matter most to you?
Thanksgiving is, more than anything else, about giving thanks. It’s not about food or football. It’s about being with those we love and being deeply grateful for each and every blessing in our lives.
John F. Kennedy once said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” As you give thanks this week, remember that your words are important, but your actions speak louder. Don’t just utter your gratitude with your lips; live your gratitude by focusing on what matters most.
Be sure to tune into the “It’s Your Call” Radio Show this Friday, November 26th at 9:00 am Central. This month’s show is all about gratitude, and it features nationally known speaker and author, Thom Singer. Tune into Relevant Radio 970 AM or listen online by clicking here this Friday at 9:00 AM Central! You can listen to previous “It’s Your Call” episodes by clicking here.