The Holidays are coming up, and for many of us things slow down during this time. With that being said, Thanksgiving is a great time to put into practice just that: thanksgiving!
To me, thanksgiving breaks down into two parts: remember and vocalize. It’s that simple.
1. Remember: thanksgiving is actively, purposely thinking about and reflecting on things in your life that you’re grateful for; it’s firstly a mental exercise. It takes time and energy. It requires discipline and effort. Complaining and griping, on the other hand, seem to happen without much effort. This reminds me of healthy eating vs. unhealthy eating. Eating healthy foods require discipline and effort, while unhealthy eating is definitely the path of least resistance.
2. Vocalize: whether you’re giving thanks to God or showing appreciation to others, the second step is always vocalizing your thanks. In other words, you have to say it out loud. This is a simple, but very important part of thanksgiving. You literally “give” thanks out of your mouth. When you vocalize, you add a physical component to the mental one.
So, what are you thankful for this year?
Let me help. Below is an exclusive spiritual song from my wife, Laroute, that I know will bless you. Plus, I’ve included a mediation/prayer that goes along with the song. Feel free to use these resources in your times of reflecting this holiday season.
All my days belong to You,
You see my coming and my going,
You see my pain, You see my joy,
You see my ups, You see my downs,
Lord, You see me for who I really am.
You are my God.
All my days belong to You.
All my breath belongs to You.
Thank You for all You’ve done,
You are my Creator.
Teach my heart to be thankful.
I thank you for
O Lord, who is like You?
I give thanks for all You have done,
I lower my soul and say “thank you”!
I give thanks out loud for all You’ve done!