Here’s what came to mind yesterday:
“Easy to be thankful when things are going well; here’s to being thankful when things don’t go as planned, when things go sideways. Find the lesson, make the best of it, and go forward. Be thankful.”
That sums it up, really. At least for me. It’s proven itself over and over to be the best approach.
Response to great fortune? Be thankful for things working out well for you.
Response to things not going as planned? Be thankful for what can learn from the circumstances.
The happiest people are those that practice gratitude on a regular, even daily basis.
An attitude of gratitude is a fundamental superpower anyone can develop, and if mastered, makes you unstoppable.
Try it for thirty days; go ahead, see how it might improve you perspectives, your daily attitude, your approach to all aspects of your professional and personal life.
And finally, a couple takes on our national holiday, Thanksgiving.
A bit about the roots of the tradition that is a national holiday in the US — though similar traditions exist around the world, for sure — here’s what Wikipedia has to say, in part (with some Wiki-Good links for more related info too):
“The modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is traced to a well-recorded 1619 event in Virginia and a sparsely documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. The 1619 arrival of 38 English settlers at Berkeley Hundred in Charles City County, Virginia, concluded with a religious celebration as dictated by the group’s charter from the London Company, which specifically required “that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned … in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.” The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest, which the Pilgrims celebrated with Native Americans, who helped them get through the previous winter by giving them food in that time of scarcity.”
And here’s a really good piece written to share a more well-rounded perspective on the truth of our American history.
So for me it all comes back to the basics of right now, everyday: Amen to helping each other. Amen to being thankful.