Thanksgiving or Thanks-Gotta-Get-It?

Our Thanksgiving holiday is getting squished out. Is that OK with you? It’s not something that’s happened to us, it’s something we’ve let happen to us. Many of us probably don’t know who Squanto is, but we do know what Target will have on sale this Friday. Rather, Thanksgiving night at 8 p.m.

Reading Nathan Dungan’s blog and Seth Godin’s blog , I was further inspired to write my own take on this weekend and what it means to me and my family.

Is your Thanks-Gotta-Get-It invading your gratefulness? Here’s the key: blessings are not self serve. There is nothing wrong with having things or wealth, but are you turning inside or outside with these blessings? I believe they are meant to be given and shared. How you do it creates your family traditions that stick with your children. And likely, their children.

We are not the engineers of our blessings. God is. Take time to live that truth. The beauty of this thought is that you can apply it today. We were dining out Saturday night at one of our favorite restaurants, with our usual server. I asked her if she was going to have someone serve her on Thanksgiving. She smiled and told me she would be working on Thanksgiving. We left her a 40% tip. It seemed like a lot of money, but really, it was a few coffee drinks or hot cocoas at my favorite café. This server isn’t the best by any means, but indulging her was my way of turning one blessing out instead of in. Even if I never see her again, I’ll know I was living my truth, one moment at a time.