Thanksgiving is upon us! The official opening day to the start of shopping, holidays, family gatherings and warmth. I'd like to pause and remember why the original Thanksgiving official holiday was declared by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. During the last days of the bitter American Civil War, Lincoln wanted to share reflections of thanks for having made it through the upheaval of the past few years and declared the last Thursday in November as a national day of thanks. (FDR consumerized the day by moving it up a week in order to allow shoppers more time for shopping.)
Allow yourself the value of reflective thinking by giving thanks this weekend to your love, your family, your home, your pets, your friends and yes, to the mountains of food. If you are a stranger in your situation, allow others to thank YOU by volunteering at a homeless shelter, a kitchen or even an animal shelter (pets are people too!).
Bask in the warm afterglow of the holiday with your loved ones around you and remember, as we move ahead in life, there is so much more we have to be thankful for: family, children, grandchildren, friends and loved ones. Capture the memories.