Instead of Thanksgiving

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image7403225If you live in the United States of America, these are strange times. It’s sometimes difficult to feel thankful for anything when there is so much division going on in the country. But those divisions are happening all around the world, much of it at the hands of the U.S. government.

And with what is happening to the Native Americans, it’s almost embarrassing to be thankful for anything. But here’s what I believe. At our core, everyone wants the same things; to love and be loved, to have the freedom to be with family and friends, and to do things that give us pleasure and make us feel alive.

So my advice is to be thankful for the people in your life that give you the gift of love. If you don’t have anyone, find a way to share your heart with others. You have so much capacity to love, and there are so many who need even the tiniest bit of love that might come their way. Even if it is to smile at those less fortunate, or to walk someone in need into a restaurant and pay for their meal. Give a pair of gloves to someone who is out in the cold, or help feed the homeless. There are many ways to be of service to others. And the beautiful thing is that you probably get more out of giving than they do in receiving.

Don’t let your love go to waste. Share it in any way that feels good. If you are with your family today, give them each a hug, look them in the eyes, and tell them how much you love them and how grateful you are that they are in your life.

So instead of a day of giving thanks, make it a day of love.

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