Thanksgiving is upon us! You’ve probably already finished all your grocery shopping. You probably have all of your plans all set.
Do you have a tradition specifically about how you handle the ‘thanks – giving?’ Or perhaps I should word it as ‘the giving of the thanks?’
I’ve been a part of Thanksgivings where thanks were given as internal reflection.
I’ve been a part of Thanksgivings where the thanks were given as a prayer.
I’ve been a part of Thanksgivings where the thanks were given by going around the table and sharing something from the year everyone was thankful for.
I’ve also been a part of Thanksgivings where the thanks were given by calling people on the phone and telling them specifically why I was thankful for them.
I think all versions of giving thanks are needed but I’ve especially noticed more of a need lately for thanks being given specifically to others.
In the past couple of years, I’ve encountered many people who give a lot to others but wonder if they’re doing a good job and even question whether or not they fit in with the groups they’re in.
Appreciation and encouragement seem to be lacking. Perhaps it’s due to discomfort sharing praise or assuming they have it ‘all together’ and don’t need direct appreciation. The truth is, everyone needs to know they are appreciated. If you’re uncomfortable sharing your appreciation for others, use Thanksgiving as an ice breaker. Call someone and share exactly why you are thankful for them.
Need a speaking prompt?
Here you go:
“Hey, it’s Thanksgiving and I’ve been thinking about things I’m thankful for. I’m thankful for you because….” Then you fill in the blank.
It may be the encouragement that fills a void.
It may be the encouragement that motivates them to do more.
It may draw you closer together.
It may also just be a very nice conversation.
It may be a lot of things but, it will never be a waste of time.
Share your thankfulness.
Surprise someone with kindness.
Tell people you are thankful for them.