Maya Angelou is famous for her iconic quote, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
An anonymous person wrote, “It is not happiness that makes us grateful, it is gratefulness that makes us happy.”
The apostle Paul writes from prison in his letter to the Philippians chapter 4, “10 I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned for me, but had no opportunity to show it. 11 Not that I am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 14 In any case, it was kind of you to share my distress.”
This Thanksgiving time let us monitor our attitudes. Are we beginning to fret about Christmas and shopping? Do personal burdens of losses cloud our ability to see blessings? The purpose of this holiday is that we are to stop work and go to our places of worship and thank our deity for the harvest and for the blessings of this year. Few people do stop and worship. Our attitudes are a choice that reflects our values. Perhaps now, as we enter the Thanksgiving season, it is a good time to check our attitudes. Paul had learned to be content in jail, in hunger, and in plenty because he focused on God and not on self. Write the word “attitude” down the side of your paper and try and think of words that start with those letters that you can have an attitude of gratitude about. Never forget that people will never forget how you made them feel. They’ll forget if the meal is less than perfect but they will remember you! May you be a blessings this Thanksgiving with your attitude of gratitude.