Give Thanks With a Grateful Heart

Thanksgiving is a time for cheer, a time for laughs, and most importantly a time for turkey.

We sit around the table, stuff ourselves with some dressing and a few glasses of wine, and then reminisce together.

Giving thanks is special. Being thankful for everything in your life is beautiful. But remember: don’t let the things you don’t have overshadow the things you do have.


I”m home for Thanksgiving break, and this is only the second time I have been back since the beginning of August.

I went and chowed down on crab legs and pumpkin pie and ice cream last night with my parents, and nothing could have been more perfect in that moment. I saw some old friends and laughed at the amount of food that we managed to put away.

My home is getting bare. The progress of my parents moving is slow and depressing. Coming home to an almost-empty house isn’t quite the same as “coming home”.

But I must be thankful for them to be getting the opportunity to move on to bigger and greater things. I must be thankful for them to be getting the opportunity to be closer to me. For  being closer and together is a remarkable thing.

Thanksgiving gives us the urge to love one another and to chuckle and be merry, for us to only go back to our home to sit and dread the next morning of having to work to add some change to our paycheck. Thanksgiving gives us a split second of joy and reminds us that we really are blessed, only for us to leave and remember that reality is harsh.

When in reality, the only way not to be ‘that person’ is to remember there is joy and love in each thing around us. Dreading going to work in the morning? Be thankful that you have a job. Be thankful that you are healthy enough to work and provide for yourself. Unhappy because you are going through a breakup? Be thankful that you are getting time for freedom. Time to find yourself. Time to remind yourself of who you really are. Mad because your parents ‘don’t understand you’? Be thankful that they care enough to argue with you.

The world is slipping away in humans’ minds. They are ignoring the things that really matter, only to get caught up in the materialistic things.

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to remind ourselves of that. Sometimes all we need is one hug to remember our blessings. Sometimes all it takes is for us to see the smiles on the faces of the our loved ones for us to remember that’s truly all that matters in the world.

Thanksgiving is a staggering thing. And even though it is brisk and drizzly and begrudging outside, it doesn’t take away from the fact that there is warmth and tenderness inside. This Thanksgiving, think of that. Laugh and be of high spirits. Eat too much turkey, and then find room for pumpkin pie. Hold the hand of someone you adore, and embrace the neck of someone you have missed. Gather around and reminisce on the sad times and the bad times and the good times. Have that extra glass of wine. Stay with your family longer than you had planned, and be thankful for the extra time that you have.

And the next day, do not be depressive, but be beholden by the fact that you have experienced the things of uttermost importance. And you will realize that the most important ‘things’ are not actually ‘things’.


My dad and I made homemade blueberry buttermilk pancakes this morning, and we added a cup of pumpkin spice coffee to complete the meal.

It’s the small things, and the small moments in which I am the most thankful.

What are you thankful for this year? What are you thankful for every year?

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!




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