Thursday, November 26, 2009
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward
Thanksgiving. Some native cultures honor gratitude by making a Gratitude Hoop which includes all that a person is thankful for in their lives. The hoop can be made of any material such as a willow branch which bends easily or a small stick from which objects are hung representing your friends, family, health, and all things that you honor in gratitude.
Another tradition is The Giveaway where one chooses items of personal significance which are then given to others as a symbol of gratitude. This can be an anonymous gift or to someone you know.
Focusing on the positive aspects of Thanksgiving rather than what actually happened in our country (genocide and enculturation of American natives) is a good practice and one that I can appreciate and honor. Enjoy time with friends and family, or take a walk in nature. Appreciate all that you have been given in life.
Question: What are you grateful for?