Every Day is a Thanksgiving

You’re blessed to be a blessing. Every single thing you do matters. You have probably begun to enjoy some of the changes of older age like me. What we did at 30, or even 60, no longer counts because as we age we do everything differently. All unborn generations will have their lives shifted and shaped by the moves we make today. What an awesome feeling in my heart as I reflect once more on aging in Italy and another Thanksgiving Day to celebrate silently in my heart.

Become filled with laughter and be happy to face your future and whatever surprises it may bring. Just continue to be a thankful person, even after Thanksgiving. I tell myself constantly that every day is Thanksgiving. “Love the simple joys in life that put a smile upon your face, a light in your eyes, and find happiness in your heart.” Unknown.

This will help us through hard times and is so good for the health of our minds and bodies. Laughter is good for the soul, so laugh every day at yourself, first of all, and then with someone else.

This is your call to wholeness, laughter and thanksgiving. Think about that now that you are preparing for Thanksgiving Day with your family and friends, and with the turkey and dressing will come peals of laughter to help your digestion. It should be a part of the menu!

This time of the year has arrived again for those of us who are constantly grateful to the Lord. The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of an elder person is thankfulness. At least I think so. I asked God, “Where is the greatest treasure in the world to be found?” He answered me saying, “If you have a grateful heart, you have already found it.” There is nothing more honorable than a grateful heart. “In everything give thanks.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

Most of us think about food, family and friends during Thanksgiving, and less about pilgrims, Indians and George Washington proclaiming a day for giving thanks to God. Our day should be motivated by the faith and love we treasure, for our families and friends and for our new pope, for family prayer and for a forgiving thankfulness.

Let us not forget where we came from or the people who helped us along the way and make your day a splendid, grateful one.

In what ways will we show our gratitude this year? What kind of heart will you have on Thanksgiving day? I would like to think that our aging heart would think differently because of our years. It should be an indomitable heart that is grateful, happy, wise, caring, strong, laughing, celebrating, passionate, nurturing, religious, prayerful and beautiful. Hopefully this is a good description of our hearts this Thanksgiving.

Lets quiet our hearts and minds and calm our thoughts and say a prayer, and let flow all the things you have to be thankful for. As you reflect, let your feelings of joy and laughter well up inside of you, so a sense of gratitude seems to flow out like a poem or a song. Its amazing how beautiful an aging heart can be; one of Gods many miracles. Let your day become one of continuous Thanksgiving.

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is “thank you,” it will be enough. – Meister Eckhardt.

Take a moment each day to be grateful and reflect on your blessings. Each of you are my blessings from God and I hope I have been a blessing in your lives too. I am sincerely grateful for you and pray to God to constantly be at your side, creating a new heart, new mind and soul for you. Happy Thanksgiving from Italy!

by Sr. Martinette Rivers, OLS

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