“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” – G.K. Chesterton
Tomorrow, November 28, is Thanksgiving in America. While we should be thankful every day, this day is a special time to remember God’s gifts to us and offer thanks to him for them. We can never be grateful enough.
In fact, I would encourage you to begin the habit of writing down three things each day you are grateful for. Cultivating gratitude is the secret to overcoming discouragement and cultivating a spirit of joy and humility.
Here are some things I’m thankful for this year (not in any particular order):
- The Catholic Gentleman community. You all have encouraged and inspired me to be a better man!
- My wife and children, who are God’s greatest gifts to me
- A good job in a down economy
- Friendship and good conversations
- The Catholic faith, especially the gift of the sacraments
- Our Lord and Our Lady
- A working vehicle (we don’t often appreciate these until they break down!)
- Food and clean drinking water
- Heat, as it is starting to get quite cold outside
- Good books
- Coffee, beer, pipe, and other simple enjoyments
- Technology, such as my tablet, computer, and smartphone
- Good and holy priests
- And more than it is possible to mention
On another note, if you live in the USA, you know this holiday has turned into a celebration of materialism and greed, marked by blowout sales and frantic shopping. I would encourage you not to participate in the madness. Avoid Black Friday and definitely do not go shopping on Thanksgiving day. A good way to fight this materialism is by attending mass—the ultimate form of Thanksgiving—before your family feast.
What are you thankful for? How are you observing Thanksgiving?
PS: Did you know the first Thanksgiving was not celebrated by the Puritans? Did you know Squanto was Catholic? Check out these 6 Catholic Thanksgiving facts from Dr. Taylor Marshall. They could make for some great conversation starters.