Thanksgiving Day is a day set aside by President George Washington in 1789 “to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God.” Later in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation setting aside the fourth Tuesday of November as a national holiday. Even later in 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday to the third Thursday of November but changed it to the fourth Thursday in 1941.
I try to be thankful everyday but the stresses of life and work can sometimes cause one to be less thankful than they should be. I have fallen victim to his more often lately as the stresses of work continue to increase. I AM thankful to have a job. I was blessed with the opportunity to hire three temporary employees who I am sure are thankful for the assignment. I browsed through resumes and was surprised at what I found. Some were submitted by professionals who were obviously humbling themselves to accept work that was not related to their previous vocation at all or that they were already greatly over qualified for. I respect and applaud their persistence in seeking employment, even if it is temporary and outside their field.
I am thankful for the relationship that I have with my girlfriend and the new extended family that I now have. I am thankful for the opportunity to create a family in a loving home. I am thankful for this blog and the opportunity to share my thoughts with others.
I am thankful for the neighbors. I am thankful for my co-workers and my superiors who must bear the stress of increasing demands as well. I try not to pass it on but I fail on that count more often than I would like to admit.
I am most thankful to God for allowing such abundance in my life. There is an abundance of love, caring and closeness that seems to grow as each day goes by. I am thankful for the wonderful opportunities that God gives me to share and to learn.
I am thankful to the wonderful people at the local ARC who provide services to my son and provide him with employment.
I hope that you not only enjoy your Thanksgiving Day but pause a moment to think of all the things that you are and should be thankful. I know I will spend some time meditating on that. Know that I am thankful for you dear reader. Have a wonderful day, not only on Thanksgiving but every day.