Thanksgiving: Why We Should Be Thankful

Gratitude is the key element in Thanksgiving.

Gratitude is the key element in Thanksgiving.
Image source: Twisted Pine Photography

As the name implies, Thanksgiving is the time to give thanks for the abundance provided to us. Our local parish holds a Thanksgiving Mass as an offering of gratitude. I seem to remember a sermon by a priest on why you should be thankful during the season. I think he based his sermon on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, which I think is a nice touch.

He started out with how we ought to be thankful as we are provided with our basic needs such as food, water, clothing, and shelter. The first Thanksgiving happened as a way to celebrate the Pilgrims’ good harvest. From that day on, it’s become a national observance. However, there are others who may not be as fortunate as we are. What we can do is volunteer at shelters or soup kitchens to give back in gratitude.

The next thing I remember him talking about was on our security and how we are safe inside our respective neighborhoods. There are those who are fighting for our safety so that we can go about our daily lives in peace. Policemen and soldiers always have to be on duty even though they should be with their families this Thanksgiving. We have to give them honor and credit for all that they’ve done.

Anyway, he then went on to talk about how we should be thankful for our friends, our colleagues, and our family for providing us that sense of being loved. Since human beings are social creatures, we simply can’t live without friends to chat with and family members to guide us through every obstacle. I can see why we should be thankful!

We should also be thankful of our achievements and how far we have gone in our lives. Maybe some of us got promoted or maybe others got accepted into a prestigious institution. We pay gratitude for that boost in morale and confidence, gaining both respect by others and of others.

Lastly, the priest said that we should be in gratitude for the talent, the skills, and the knowledge bestowed unto us. As we gain tolerance and wisdom throughout the years, we also grow as individuals. Why should we not be thankful then? During the Thanksgiving season, let’s contemplate on the blessings we have received.

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