As we gather in the USA this Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving, remember that in general people who practice gratitude are happier. Being grateful for what we have, all the way down to the most basic and simple things like the air we breathe, is often the key to personal contentment.
Someone once told me the only thing I have control over is my attitude! So I’ll make it an attitude of gratitude.
Now, I’d like to share some Thanksgiving prayers and website links for other things related to Thanksgiving such as the Pilgrims.
An Iroquois Prayer for Thanksgiving
We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us. We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water. We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases. We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters, the beans and squash, which give us life. We return thanks to the bushes and trees, which provide us with fruit. We return thanks to the wind, which, moving the air, has banished diseases. We return thanks to the moon and the stars, which have given us their light when the sun was gone. We return thanks to our grandfather He-no, .., who has given to us his rain. We return thanks to the sun, that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye. Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in whom is embodied all goodness, and who directs all things for the good of his children.
For each new morning Thanksgiving Prayer
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
And last, I’d like to send my sincerest wishes that those of you in the USA will have a meaningful Thanksgiving, shared with family or friends. May we all take some extra time this week to give thanks for what we have been provided.
Until next week, make it a great one!