The Forgotten Art of Gratitude

What or who are you thankful for?

When I was a child I remember the number of handwritten letters that used to come in the mail at our home. You’d grab a rainbow of colorful envelopes out of the mailbox which at times were birthday cards and other times thank you cards.  I remember at the time watching my father handwrite a thank you card, write the address on the envelope, stick a colorful stamp on the top right-hand corner of the envelop, walk down the driveway to our mailbox, drop the envelope inside and lift the red flag on the right side of the mailbox. So much valued thought and preparation went into this act of saying “thank you”.

As we walk into November we are reminded to take time and think upon the things we are thankful for in life. This time is set up as an American holiday we call Thanksgiving. Historically this has been a time set up to give thanks for what we have been blessed with dating back to 1621 where Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. This was a celebration and feast that lasted three days. These people had a great deal to be thankful for surviving the long trip to the new world and now building a new life for themselves. The interesting thing is that the further back we look in history the deeper the art of gratitude gets. People were well more aware and appreciative of their surroundings of what they had in life.

This November, what are the things that you are thankful for? Let’s not wait till Thanksgiving day, but start now ether journaling or creating a mental list of all the things we are thankful for. And while we’re at it maybe purchase an affordable thank you card, handwrite our gratitude, and mail it to somebody in whom you are deeply thankful. I guarantee the element of surprise will do more than bless that individual greatly.