Thanksgiving is the ultimate balancing act in every one’s life. When you receive goodness from others, you are indebted to them, and until you say thanks, you feel a sense of imbalance, incompleteness, and a sense of missing something … and it adds to your inexplicable discomfort. There is an unfinished transaction out there, and at times it is difficult to figure. But there is a solution, an easy but a powerful one. Just say thanks, a simple thank you will do a lot of good to us, and our relationships. Most people say thanks without fail, those who miss out on a few things, we have a an opportunity to reflect on this Thanksgiving day.
Here are a few suggestions at http://theghousediary.blogspot.com/2012/11/thanksgiving-planning.html
If you tie the loose ends, there is joy for you.
You have plenty of time to do it, but do it.
If you don’t believe in God, that is fine, it is still a release when you say thanks to the benefit giver. But if you believe in God, the formless, being or non-being, one or many, male, female or gender-less your faith invariably prescribes you to say thanks to God in the form of prayers or supplications… even for the only gift you may have; able to breath.
Despite the shortcomings, please make a list of all the people you want to thank, even for the littlest thing they have done for you… say thanks, call them or mail them a card. It is very uplifting thing to do.
You know the best time to make that list? Its your lunch hour… wherever whichever restaurant you want to go including the peaceful McDonalds, Wendys or your favorite… my favorite place is the library, that is my heaven! Be with yourselves to make that list… there is joy for you.
Once the list starts building, watch the good within you surfacing and making you happy.
I will repeat my story of a man who had no limbs, no legs, just a torso, he was grateful that he could see the blue skies, smell the dirt when it rains, which is my favorite too, enjoy the aroma of the food as he went door to door asking for food or alms.. its a real humbling story that I was a part of, and Appaiah stunned me when he was so full of thanks for that life… I want to thank Tehran Times, the Iranian News paper who had published that piece a few years ago… that was joyful to me! They just pulled it out of my blog www.TheGhouseDiary.com. God willing I will get that story published in Huffington Post for thanksgiving, with additional info on my blog.
MikeGhouse is a speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, politics, peace making, foreign policy, Islam, interfaith, and cohesion at work place or social settings. He is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day at www.TheGhousediary.com. Mike has a strong presence on national local TV, Radio and Print Media, and is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity show on Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio networks, he contributes weekly to the Texas Faith Column at Dallas Morning News, fortnightly at Huffington post, and several other periodicals across the world. His personal site www.MikeGhouse.net indexes everything you want to know about him.