Thanksgiving: The Ultimate Mindset Reset Button

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Here’s why I love thanksgiving…

It forces you to stop, even if for a moment, and honor what’s right in your life.

Driving into my yoga studio yesterday, I was listening to NPR (again, because I’m officially a fuddy, duddy now) and there was segment where people called in and shared what they were thankful for.

One person called in and said they were thankful for surgery that cured them of colon cancer. Another was thankful that, after 5 years, she found the will to forgive her mother for decades of abuse, growing up in an achoholic home. Yet another shared her gratitude for the fact that her husband was laid off 6 months ago, because that gave him the window to launch a business he’d always dreamed of that’s now doing great.

These were all big things, but they don’t have to be.

Maybe it’s the fact that you’ve got a bed to sleep in for you and your kids, while others are homeless. Maybe, it’s that you’ve got people in your life who care about you and vice versa. If you’re reading this now, that means you’ve got access to a level of community and technology that billions don’t have.

Maybe, it’s the fact that no matter what’s going on the economy, you are still you, blessed with certain qualities, skills, abilities, knowledge and relationships that’ll guide you through what’s a tough time for many.

That’s what this day is all about.

It pulls us back out of all the things that we’d like to change, all that’s gone wrong, all the trials and tribulations, evils and wrongs done, mistakes made and opportunities missed.

It asks us to suspend, just for day, our focus on what’s not right and delivers us, tells us to turn to what’s good enough to be thankful for. And, though you may have to dig a little, there’s always something, someone or both.

Whether you live in the States or not doesn’t matter, American’s don’t have dibs on giving thanks. See if you can take a little time today to shift your outlook to one of gratitude.

Thanksgiving Day…it’s our annual mindset reset button.

Hit it now…and pass it on

One last thing, I though it might be nice to let today’s comment section grow into a small shared gratitude journal.

If you’re so inclined, please share a single thing you are grateful for in the comments below (you’re welcome to share more, but even one would be wonderful).

Big or small, it doesn’t matter.

It’s not about size, it’s simply about acknowledging it’s there and expressing thanks.

I’ll start..I am thankful I got to spend my morning snuggled on the couch with my daughter watching the parade.

How about you…

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4 responses

4 responses to “Thanksgiving: The Ultimate Mindset Reset Button”

  1. Todd Smith says:

    I’m grateful for this blog, Jonathan. You keep reminding me of what is important. And I’m grateful for Twitter and all the new friends I’m making there. I’m also really thankful that I can work from home and do business all around the world. What a great thing this internet has become. I’m also grateful that I have a wonderful Ayurvedic doctor ( who has brought me great health in less than five years. And I’m grateful that I have a wonderful yoga teacher and practice. This could go on, and on… Thanks for asking!

  2. I am grateful for the realtiy that I can become the man (husband, father, brother, leader, friend) I never imagined I could be.

  3. Jarkko Laine says:

    There is no tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving here in Finland yet, but I just love the idea.

    Therefore, my wife and I have been trying to start a Thanksgiving tradition in these past two years.

    Last year, we had a small Thanksgiving dinner with just the three of us. This year we invited my wife’s parents too. And hopefully, next year we can extend to also have my parents there 🙂

  4. Justin says:

    I didn’t enjoy the Thanksgiving dinner itself, because I always hate Thanksgiving food (odd yes, but that’s how I am), but I did make sure to take the time to be thankful and such. It’s important to do that all throughout the year, not just on one day.