It seems like it was only yesterday that we were gleefully spending the summer vacation and having an outdoor hike as we enjoyed the golden leaves falling during the fall season. Long weeks and days seemed to stretch before us almost without end. But now, finally, it’s Thanksgiving. Many of us are busy attending the Thanksgiving parade, decorating the home for Christmas, having a movie marathon, or watching a football game together as a family during this day. As we all sit down together to share the Thanksgiving supper, we should ask, what is the essence of this holiday?
The inner meaning of Thanksgiving is beyond parades, turkeys, or scrumptious foods. If we look back and recall our life in the previous seasons, we can see that we have a lot of things to be thankful for. Among those things are our complete family, familial love, the long life of our senior loved ones, the good health of the entire household, and fulfillment in life. This Thanksgiving season is the best time to celebrate those things. As we come together in this time-honored celebration, may gratitude be the central focus of each family. Isn’t gratitude the essence of Thanksgiving?
At Zena Home Care, our wish is for all families to spend the holiday, and even the coming holidays, with an intentional practice of gratitude. But, gratitude must be accompanied with action. You can start expressing gratitude to your family or loved ones at home. It can be done by saying thank you, writing a thank you card, giving meaningful gifts, giving compliments and hugs, or by telling the family members how much you appreciate and love them. May these words from John F. Kennedy inspire you as you celebrate the Thanksgiving Day – “As we celebrate our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them”.