Thanksgiving Week Special

Why We Give Thanks

In a few days, our American friends will be observing Thanksgiving Day. We here in Canada had our turkey and stuffing back in October. Why such close neighbours and cousins chose to observe Thanksgiving almost a month apart I honestly do not know but if you really are curious, Google is sure to have an answer.

I am neither a native of the United States or Canada. My migration to North America was years in the making but finally happened in 2002 when my family and I relocated from the warm shores of Jamaica to the land of the big skies – Alberta, Canada.

Celebrating Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day either in October or November is not one that Jamaica observes. Although we were very much aware of the special activities that North Americans have to mark the day, we did not share in it. Maybe that is why I did not have an appreciation for turkey, as it is not the preferred poultry on my island home. Last year, for the first time in my life, I made my first turkey Thanksgiving dinner. It was a long process as I followed a method and recipe that was supposed to make the bird tender and tasty. That will be the stuff of another post should we decide one day to do a cooking article. The long and short of it, however, is that maybe I needed to have kept the bird in the brine for longer.

Dinner is served…

Many of the blogs across the Internet – at least the ones that I read – have published pieces dedicated to Thanksgiving Day preparations, recipes and activities. Some have also been sharing more heartfelt inspirational posts about the people and things we all could be grateful for and how they will express this gratitude come Thanksgiving Day. It truly has been great reading these posts, so much so that we decided to dedicate this week’s posts to our own brand of Thanksgiving.

Alexis Ali and Robert Turner, two of our Contributors are expected to share their thoughts about Thanksgiving this week. With today being Motivational Monday across social media, I am sharing my thoughts not necessarily on Thanksgiving but on the broader matter of being grateful. This is something we have done before in several posts over the last few months. We shared:

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Whether it was directly addressing the topic of thanksgiving and being grateful or merely suggesting it, all these posts made the point that giving thanks is a key element of living a great life.

Thankful Versus Grateful

Some months ago, I shared that my vision has been compromised by years of denial about my medical health. While I am more mindful today about my choices when it comes to food and my overall well being, my eyesight needs correcting. As a professional whose job requires her to be at a computer all day and as a blogger who eke out more time than an average person to be writing on either her smart phone, Tablet or laptop – not having full use of my eyes is a major challenge. My eye surgeries were scheduled for April of next year but after a call to the surgeon’s office to say I am rapidly losing sight, I was recently given the first cancellation that came up after my call.

thanksgivingOn Tuesday, November 24 I will undergo surgery on my right eye, then two weeks after that the left will be operated on. Sitting at home earlier this morning thinking about Thanksgiving Day that my US friends will be celebrating shortly, exchanging messages with Contributors about their articles to cover my reduced ability to write and edit over the next two weeks and trying to remain completely calm about the surgical procedures, I thought – “What are you absolutely thankful and grateful for, Claudette?”

Clara Brown, one of our Contributors, wrote about her understanding of the difference between thankfulness and gratitude on my former blog home. I will be republishing that here later this week. I have my take on this difference. Before demonstrating it, let me say that whether one prefers thanksgiving or gratitude you are right on track to experiencing a life like no other.

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Here is my understanding:

I am thankful for the food, shelter and clothing that my late and estranged mother gave to me.

I am grateful for the lessons learned through years of neglect and absence of a mother’s love.

I am thankful for all the things that I have possessed over the years.

I am grateful for their loss as it taught me the joy of simplicity.

I am thankful for the opportunities given to me by employers and sponsors over my professional life.

I am grateful for the moments of challenge through which I grew and continue to grow into the manager that I am today.

I am thankful for the time lovers and marriage partners shared with me.

I am grateful for the strength they helped me to gain.

I am thankful for the friends who came alongside me, supporting and giving me comfort when I was down.

I am grateful for their examples of how to be in the world.

Happy Thanksgiving Day USA

That to me is the difference in being thankful and grateful. Two sides of the one coin. This Thanksgiving Day and everyday in fact, are opportunities to be thankful for what is given to you. How you live it out is your expression of gratefulness.

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47 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Week Special

  1. […] Not necessarily because Life has taught me the lesson of enjoying and embracing its simplicity. Read that post here and share with me what have you learned about quality versus quantity in […]

  2. […] share with others, those special offerings and support we give to charities and those things we are most grateful for on Thanksgiving Day – and in fact every day of the […]

  3. Happy thanksgiving! We really got a lot of things to give thanks for and way lot of things to be grateful of. πŸ™‚

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes we do! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well! πŸ™‚

  4. […] like a lot of stuff you are reading this time of year. Diatribes of the importance of family and gratefulness…etc. But I will urge you, with just a gentle nudge that it really is important to recognize the […]

  5. Being grateful is one of the best things you can do for yourself! Taking time everyday (not just on Thanksgiving) is essential πŸ™‚

  6. there are many things that we need to give thanks, just for having our life is already a blessing

  7. I give thank everyday.. Be thankful for everything I have, bad or good

    1. Ms Claudette

      Way to go! πŸ™‚

  8. I am always thankful with everything I have not only on Thanksgiving Day, but every day.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes!!! I agree with that wholeheartedly! πŸ™‚

  9. I’m very thankful for the good health and love that I receive each day. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Happy Thanksgiving to you as well! πŸ™‚

  10. I love your post and I like your take on thankful vs grateful. Regardless of what we call it, we just need to take time daily to notice what we already have, instead of always focusing on things we don’t.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Could not agree with you more! πŸ™‚

  11. I would say I am thankful and grateful. Although I have people in my life that aren’t grateful which is hard.

    1. Ms Claudette

      It can indeed be a challenge to be amid negativity but stay strong in your belief! πŸ™‚

  12. What a wonderful post. Best of luck to you with your surgeries.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you on all counts! πŸ™‚

  13. I’m thankful that my family is healthy and I have a good and real friends.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Those are wonderful thins to be thankful for! πŸ™‚

  14. What a beautiful post! Thanks for the reminders πŸ™‚

    1. Ms Claudette

      And thank you for dropping by! πŸ™‚

  15. I am thankful that humanity may be flawed but it is our flaws that make us stronger.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are absolutely correct! Thanks for dropping by! πŸ™‚

  16. michelle

    i have so much to be thankful for this year and one thing is connecting with bloggers like you πŸ™‚ i wish you a good recovery post surgery

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you very much on all count! Namaste. πŸ™‚

  17. I am really thankful for what i have now. and especially for my family

    1. Ms Claudette

      Awesome! And I a thankful that you visited! πŸ™‚

  18. Thank you for the Thanksgiving wishes to us over here. I sincerely hope all goes well and healing is quick for your eye surgeries.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome and thank you! Namaste. πŸ™‚

  19. Elizabeth O.

    Thinking about what you’re thankful for, makes you realize how much blessings you have in your life! I love the post and I appreciate it, thanks for the awesome read!

    1. Ms Claudette

      And I appreciate your visit – again. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  20. Praying for you for your surgery. Hope everything goes as smooth as possible.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you so very much! Your prayers are much appreciated. Namaste

  21. Thank you for sharing this. I am both thankful and grateful. This life has taught me and given me so much. Everyday I am reminded of something.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome and I am both thankful and grateful that you visited and share with the world and I on your own blog. Namaste.

  22. I love your twist on gratitude today/ I have some of the same situations.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Glad it resonated with you! Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  23. I am both thankful and grateful for all that has happened or not happened to me personally over my lifetime. Whatever happens you always learn something from the experience and for that I am grateful as well.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Amen, amen and amen Michele! πŸ™‚

  24. I never cease to be thankful…not just around this time but on a daily basis. Sometimes we complain too much over things that many would be happy for….I ask daily that I come with a grateful heart, even for that fact that I am still in the land of the living

    1. Ms Claudette

      Your words remind me of one of my favourite hymns, I especially like Donnie McClurkin’s rendition – “Create In Me A Clean Heart.” Thank you as always for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! πŸ™‚

      1. Not a problem…where there is good content I am always happy to add my 2 cents to the conversation

        1. Ms Claudette

          You are very kind! πŸ™‚

  25. I am thankful that my family is taken care of by God.

  26. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    A lot of people don’t understand the difference between being thankful and grateful πŸ™‚

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