I'm starting to come to the conclusion that Thanksgiving just might be my favorite holiday. It lacks the hustle and bustle – and the stress of some of the other big days on the calendar.
There's no pressure to "out give" someone else or to find that perfect gift.
I like Thanksgiving because even though it not a religious holiday by origin, it still has a spiritual meaning for me. It's about putting ourselves in a position of gratitude. My Grandmother Pearl said it best. Any time I'd get to complaining, she'd remind me, "Gary you always have a lot to be thankful for. Just count your blessings and you'll see they far outweigh way your problems." And she was right every time.
This has been a tough year for many of us, and maybe there's never been a better time for Grandma Pearl's advice. Almost all of us have more blessings than problems, and if you doubt that, just take stock for moment and see if her formula still applies. I'm betting it does.
My advice is to count double for family and friends. Even if that's all you have, they are special and reason enough to be truly thankful.
That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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