Make Every Day Thanksgiving
Today I’m grateful for all of the reminders of how beautiful life is. Since today is Thanksgiving in the U.S., I thought I’d share an excerpt from my new book, The Power of G: Unforgettable Lessons on How Gratitude Can Change Your Life. May each of you find infinite reasons for which to be grateful!
Make Every Day Thanksgiving
I’m writing these closing thoughts on November 24, 2014, two days before this book is due to be released. I deliberately chose November 26 to release the book, because it’s the day before Thanksgiving here in the U.S. I have fond memories of Thanksgiving growing up. Not only was it a holiday when I got to stuff myself with turkey and potatoes, but it was also a time of family reunions. I often got to see my cousins who lived in other states, and the gathering of extended family was something I loved. I remember that many houses would put up Thanksgiving decorations and the stores would sell Thanksgiving treats and even Thanksgiving costumes.
Things are a little different now. Retailers skip Thanksgiving altogether by going from Halloween straight to Christmas. If a foreigner not familiar with Thanksgiving were to listen to the news, he would think that Thanksgiving was the day the day squeezed between the busiest travel day of the year and Black Friday, with no special significance other than people ate a lot and watched a lot of American football games. (On a side note, I used to think that Black Friday was named that because of the black mood of everyone who dared to go out shopping that day.) The competition to one-up each other on Black Friday has become so fierce, increasing numbers of retailers are choosing to open on Thanksgiving afternoon, or not to close at all. What used to be a holiday dedicated to thanks is now a day dedicated to kicking off the holiday shopping season. I sure hope that the retailers are grateful that they now have one more day of holiday sales.
I don’t say that as a criticism. I say that as an observation. Okay… perhaps it’s an observation filled with overtones of criticism and sarcasm. I will be the first to say that my observation is made through a belief that certain holidays should remain special. Thanksgiving was always my favorite holiday because I almost always got to travel, and I almost always got to spend it with extended family. The special significance of Thanksgiving has only grown through the years, especially now that I have a better understanding of how gratitude affects every part of my life. I’m very passionate about the idea of having a day set aside to raise our collective consciousness about being grateful for big and small things.
And that leads me to my point: My life took seemingly miraculous turns for the better when I started making every day a day of thanks, particularly after I learned that all of us look at the world through the filters of our predominant thoughts and beliefs. I used to look at the world through filters of anger, frustration, and resentment, but when I started swapping out those filters with others that served me, much of that anger, frustration and resentment went away. However, it wasn’t until I swapped out my old life filter with a gratitude filter that I realized I literally have EVERYTHING to be grateful for. (Yes, I know I just ended a sentence with a preposition.)
I’m grateful for the good times and the bad. I’m grateful for and celebrate the contrast that enters my life. I’m grateful for opportunities that help me grow, or that teach me new perspectives on life. I’m grateful for my friends. I’m grateful for my family. I’m grateful for gratitude journals. I’m grateful that my dog loves me no matter what mood I’m in. I’m grateful for foods that taste great. I’m grateful for starry skies. I’m grateful for contact lenses. I’m grateful for campfires. I’m grateful for snow. I’m grateful for hot tubs. I’m grateful for everything.
Although we don’t really need a holiday to express our thanks, the reminder helps. My hope is that each of you will take a little bit of time every day to express your gratitude. By doing so, I assure you that your life will be transformed, and then every day becomes Thanksgiving.
The Power of G: Unforgettable Lessons on How Gratitude Can Transform Your Life is available for purchase through Amazon.com.
About the Author
Appio Hunter is an author, speaker, spiritual guide, and self-described champion for living joyously. He uses his seminars and workshops to facilitate conversations about authenticity, alignment, and the daily experience of community, connection, and joy. Appio is also a weekly columnist with The Good Men Project and co-host of the Real Men Feel Show along with his good friend Andy Grant.