This week is Thanksgiving. I have no doubt that most of you will take time to pause and reflect and give thanks for the many blessings in your life. It’s good to do that.
This week our students will surely be reading books and writing essays about thankfulness. They will trace their hands to make turkeys and sing the same songs we sang as children. They will have that once a year treat that is the Thanksgiving school lunch. (No, I am not being sarcastic. Many of us look forward to that school lunch all year.)
There will be turkey and stuffing and football and time with family and friends. And there will undoubtedly be moments of gratitude.
But what about next week and the week after and the week after?
Every day we have the opportunity to choose gratitude and to model for others that despite anything that might be happening in our lives or in our world, we can choose to be grateful. It’s an important lesson that I hope we are passing along to the young people in our lives. It’s an important lesson that I hope we are sharing with our friends and family. Gratitude is not something we should embrace in only the happy moments of our lives. Gratitude is something that actually helps create the happy moments in our lives. A joyful heart begets a joyful heart.
I am feeling especially grateful this week. I live in an amazing, supportive community that comes together to do good things for children. I work with an incredible team of people who focus tirelessly on the right things. And I have friends and family who nurture me and support me in all that I do.
I have those things every week…not just this week.
My wish for you this Thanksgiving is to truly embrace the week and whatever it has in store for you. I wish you food and fun and a little time away to relax. And I wish for you a joyful heart that recognizes we have so much for which to be grateful in every week.