I still enjoy this rendition because it makes me feel good about the world and the people in it. It inspires me to be generous toward everyone I meet.
The tradition of Thanksgiving, the autumn practice of giving thanks for provisions preceding the barren months of winter, has been practiced throughout the history of mankind among multiple cultures throughout the world. Regardless of their faith, race, or beliefs, they all intuitively knew that giving thanks for what they had would contribute more to their survival than worrying about what they didn't have.
Today I see Thanksgiving as a global reset button; a collective time out. It gets us to break the momentum of focusing on what we don’t have (with our non-stop striving to get it), and to focus on the good we do have. A break from the habit of pointing out what’s wrong with other people and the world, in order to appreciate all that’s right in the world. Science and psychology have proven the significant benefits gratitude has on our mental, physical and emotional health. I love when science catches up to confirm spiritual laws. The law is simple: what we focus upon grows. When I focus on all that’s good in my life, I attract more good to enjoy.
It was during the height of the Civil War that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national holiday of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens." I believe Lincoln's decision to proclaim Thanksgiving a national holiday during the Civil War was an ingenious act to bring about peace. By getting us to focus on praise and thanksgiving, even if for just one day, the power of love would be free to fuel the desire for peace.
I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope your time-out is full of things to be thankful for. Gratitude is the key to happiness. When we’re happy our generosity flows freely and the world is wonderful place to be a part of.
Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow. –Edward Sandford Martin
Cartoonist Darrell Fusaro is the co-host of the Funniest Thing! with Darrell and Ed podcast and author of What If Godzilla Just Wanted a Hug?