I love this time of year. I love that we have a national holiday that is based on gratitude, particularly to God for our blessings. For myself, while I absolutely love the big-huge-meal part of the holiday, each year I am more excited for the gratitude that is (or at least should be) behind it.
One tradition that many people do for Thanksgiving is to express gratitude for something on each day on November, leading up to Thanksgiving (typically on Facebook). While I like that idea, it’s not one that I have done myself, although I encourage you to consider President Eyring’s words on the subject:
I wrote down a few lines every day for years. I never missed a day no matter how tired I was or how early I would have to start the next day. Before I would write, I would ponder this question: “Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us or our children or our family today?” As I kept at it, something began to happen. As I would cast my mind over the day, I would see evidence of what God had done for one of us that I had not recognized in the busy moments of the day. As that happened, and it happened often, I realized that trying to remember had allowed God to show me what He had done.
More than gratitude began to grow in my heart. Testimony grew. I became ever more certain that our Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers. I felt more gratitude for the softening and refining that come because of the Atonement of the Savior Jesus Christ. And I grew more confident that the Holy Ghost can bring all things to our remembrance—even things we did not notice or pay attention to when they happened.
I have tried to do this, with limited success… I haven’t yet really got it into my routine. Maybe if I had a routine…
Anyway, I don’t think we say thank you enough. I’m always in such a hurry rushing from one thing to another, family-work-church-kids-wife-friends-church-work-family that I think that I have been remiss in expressing gratitude in some cases, and even recognizing the need to in others. Notes and expressions of gratitude and encouragement go a long way.
What I intend to do this Thanksgiving season is write thank-you notes to some of my favorite bloggers. I’m somewhat addicted to blogs, and there are 4 or 5 in particular that I have really enjoyed and/or felt inspired and instructed by generally. They have had posts I have enjoyed pretty consistently, rather than just one or two posts (not that I agree with everything they have to say). I’ll post those notes here on my blog.