Thanksgiving Celebrations

I woke this morning to a rather pleasant surprise. This blog almost has a THOUSAND followers. That’s huge. Almost a thousand people are reading my work. I am honored and incredibly thankful.

Today is also the national Canadian day of thanks. Tonight, people will be sitting down at their long dining table with their extended family, using the coveted silverware.

Not me.

Thanksgiving has never been a big event for me. Then again, no holiday has ever been a big event in my house. Everything just gets swept under the rug.

One reason: My family is broken.

So today, there will be no turkey carving ceremonies. No grandiose meals, filled with laughter. No drunken uncle bumbling around telling corny jokes. And, worst of all, no thanks.

I’ve learned to improvise. I don’t need a special day for thanks. You don’t need one either. For some reason, we see Thanksgiving as the only day to be thankful. What about the other 364 days?

For me, I’m thankful every single day. I’m thankful for my life, my body, and the world. I’m thankful for my friends and (little) family. I’m thankful to be in Canada where the biggest problems are tax-season and figuring out what to wear in the morning.

Most people can’t say the same. Most people don’t have what we have.

I am fortunate enough to be typing this on a computer in the quiet. I am fortunate enough to have the Internet to post this and read all your wonderful comments. You are fortunate enough to be reading this, on your computer, using your Internet.

There is so much to be thankful for everyday, that one day doesn’t seem to do justice.

The ‘Be Grateful’ List

Everyday, starting today, write down things that you are grateful for. Contemplate and dig. Search for everything. There are so many things that we take for granted.

If you start to struggle, dig deeper. It’s there. Something. There is always something. Struggling is good. When you find something to be grateful for, you will appreciate it much more.

On my particularly crappy days, writing this list helps. I feel rejuvenated. No matter how bad things may be, there is always something I can be grateful for. That’s the positive side of it all.

For me, I am grateful every morning. I wake up and my phone dings because of WordPress. I have new likes and comments and follows to reply to which makes my heart happy.

Write that list. Count your blessings.

I don’t need a turkey-carving ceremony or grandiose meals. I have everything that I love. I love everything that I have. There is no more for negativity.

I don’t need a drunken uncle. I have you. And I am grateful.

Be bold, be free, and love on.

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49 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Celebrations

    1. Thank you very much! I’m incredibly happy to have you and the other readers on my blog! Please visit again soon! 🙂

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind words! Being grateful is incredibly important and it’s something very few do. I encourage everyone to do it at least once a day. The effects are profound! Thank you for your comment! 🙂

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  1. Thanks for following my blog. You have found the positive. I write about both ends, but have had some unexpected positive things happen on a personal level lately. The global is what gets to me – if I let it.

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    1. no problem at all and thank you for the follow back! I’ve read your work and really do enjoy it. If you are interested in guest writing, I’d love to have you!

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  2. Congratulations, Leroy! That’s really wonderful, I’m so happy for you. Definitely can’t say it’s surprising though. 😉 I don’t do Thanksgiving either, but my room is clean and I can relax in a distraction-free environment. So, I’m happy for that. n_n

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  3. Great post! With the right attitude most of us can find lots of things to be thankful for. And for future reference, if you buy the booze I could swing by from time to time to play the role of Drunken Uncle 😛

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    1. Thank you very much for the kind words and awfully sweet request! I’m grateful that you took the time to read this article and comment! 🙂

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  4. Congrats on your 1K mark. That is huge (especially to us newbies at under 100!) 🙂 I love your “grateful list” and your perspective. I am a firm believer that “a grateful heart is a cheerful heart.” If you can be grateful, your perspective will be as it should be regardless of circumstances. 🙂

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    1. Thank you very much for the compliment and feedback. You’re right. Being grateful will place you ahead of any situation immediately.

      Being grateful is integral. I’m grateful that you took the time to read and comment!

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    1. Thank you so very much for the kind words! They really mean a lot to me.

      I couldn’t even handle 1000. I have no idea what my level of excitement will be at 2000! Thank you for contributing your support and comment! I appreciate you.

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  5. I also didn’t celebrate thanksgiving really. I had a couple friends over and we drank wine, that was the extent of it! I haven’t really felt connected to the event since my grandfather passed away a four years ago or so.

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    1. I’m sorry to hear. My condolences.

      In my opinion, having something low-key with close people is better. It’s a time to reflect and give thanks to those that are closest to you. But everyday is also a good option for that task.

      Thank you for your comment! 🙂

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  6. What a wonderful attitude. Takes work and faith to stay the course. What we put in we get back. Thankfulness leads to a humbled soul. Congratulation on your 1k followers and ty for following my blog Leroy. Be blessed.

    Much love Tom

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    1. Thank you very much for the kind words and thoughts!
      I appreciate your work and thank you for your follower-ship.
      I really appreciate the content and look forward to viewing more!
      Take Care,

      Leroy M.

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  7. Félicitations! For the 1,000 followers. (I prefer “sharers”)
    I wonder how one keeps track of everybody with one thousand?
    Mind-boggling.
    And yes, you’re very lucky to live in Canada. A civilized country of which there are only a handful. Of course there’s the winter… 🙂
    Take care
    Brian

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    1. I know, 1000 followers is a lot. I’m ecstatic! The winter is terrible here, but it is manageable! Thank you for your comment and followership!
      I really appreciate your input and I look forward to your content! 🙂

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  8. Brilliant! I had a line a day journal I’ve been dreading recently because just one line doesn’t cut it these days. I think I’ll turn it into a thankfulness journal. I’m all set for the next few years!

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    1. That is great to hear! Being thankful is so important, in my opinion. It helps with overall happiness and energy. And on those particularly bad days, it can give you the exact boost of happiness in the darkest of times.

      Thank you so much for your comment and support!

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    1. Thank you very much for the kind words and love! Please don’t be a stranger! We would love to have you around for more input!

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  9. Congrats on reaching over 1000 followers! Thank you for following my site as of yesterday. I wanted to drop by and read what you are posting about.
    I agree with you that being grateful every day for the simple pleasures give us perspective on what is really important in our lives.
    Honey

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    1. You summarized my article perfectly! That is the essence of it. Putting perspective in our lives is incredibly important to stay grounded. We often take the little things for granted and that’s the most important, but often overlooked!

      Thank you so much for your comment, love and support! 🙂

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  10. Leroy, That is the nicest description of Thanksgiving I have heard. It’s not just about seeing family and delicious food, it’s about being thankful for everything. And I’m thankful that you are following my blog.

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    1. You’re right. It’s important to be thankful, even for the small things! Thank you for following ours as well.
      We hope your come back often!

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  11. First thank you for the follow. :o) Personally I love this time of year, the Thanksgiving celebration started when our country was very young, (compared to others, we are still young) and the Pilgrims and the Indians shared the bounty of the crops, etc. You are right we should celebrate and be thankful for all that we have, no matter how little, but for me it means summer is over and winter is on it’s way. I was raised with four sisters and one brother and a loving mom and dad. We were poor, but my mother always made the holidays special. I think certain times of the year it is good to celebrate, it brings folks closer together to share not only the food, but the love we hold for each other, and we can make merry too. :o) Happy Day……

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    1. You’re right! These specific holidays are extra incentive to celebrate. It reminds you of everything important in your life or childhood memories of love and affection. But try to appreciate and be grateful of these things everyday. I see these people and the love as a constant factor in your life. Giving it only one day, just doesn’t give the people you love justice.

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