On October 3rd, 1789, the first President of the United States, George Washington, recommended through proclamation to be devoted by “the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness”. Similarly in Canada, proclaimed by Parliament in 1879 as “a day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed”.
The fact is, during this time of year, and with world events making us feel a bit uneasy, we could use some intentional affirmation to remind us of the true meaning of thanksgiving. Take a few minutes to affirm just some of the things that you are thankful for and to “be grateful”
The small step towards health I took yesterday that I will continue today.
The amazing body that I have been given that will bounce back despite my years of neglect.
The smile that I can form on my mouth that will penetrate my whole body, spirit and even those around me.
The person that I am today, but that will become even better tomorrow.
As we continue along this holiday season, this time of year is a time to be grateful and to be thankful. Take a few minutes right now to do just that.