There were the smells of wonderfully rich things cooking –the pervasive scent of the sizzling turkey, the touch of the linen napkins at the table, and the cool smoothness of the “twice a year China” and heavy silver settings. Sounds were of family coming together, laughter spiking in the kitchen, grandparents fussing, cousins roughhousing and aunts catching up and gossiping.
Yet, Thanksgiving is more than just food. It reminds us stop and ask ourselves: What am I grateful for? The answer will be different for each of us. Today, it is my family, friends, community and supporters. At other times, it may be simply having five minutes of solitude on a hectic Sunday afternoon or Ryan’s beautiful smile at the Elton John concert.
As I look back over the years, how have I expressed my gratitude? I found my passion. I volunteered. I became involved in my community. So, how do you find your passion? Volunteer at the local shelter, a nonprofit organization or your child’s PTA.
President John F. Kennedy said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them.”
While enjoying your Thanksgiving feast and spending time with your family, remember to show your gratitude, embrace your passion and volunteer in your community.