Twelve years ago in the month of November, a friend asked me what I do on Thanksgiving Day. I was completely oblivious about the Thanksgiving celebration held every year in the United States. In my response to her, I said, on Thanksgiving Day, I go to church and I give thanks to God. Confused, she asked, “don’t you get together with family and eat dinner?” I told her that there was no need to get together with family because most of my family members do not live nearby. At that point, she burst into laughter and then went ahead to explain that every fourth Thursday in November is the day set aside as a national holiday to celebrate Thanksgiving.
By the end of that day, I had combed and read through every publicly available documentation about the history of the Thanksgiving celebration.
According to Wikipedia, Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions after harvests and at other times. The Thanksgiving holiday’s history in North America is rooted in English traditions dating from the Protestant Reformation. It also has aspects of a harvest festival even though the harvest in New England occurs well before the late-November date on which the modern Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated.
It is an act of nobility to remember to thank God for one’s harvest. This is so because in the world we live in today people find it hard to give thanks to the people in their lives let alone give thanks to God. There’s a high sense of entitlement among people that makes them think everyone owes them something. Gratitude to God and others is not only the right thing to do, but it is also a form of humility.
This Thanksgiving, as you gather with family and friends, thanking God for a good harvest, it is also important to appreciate five types of people.
Helper: Everyone including you needs a helper. Who is your helper? Your helper is someone who’s always there to lend a helping hand come rain or shine and with no strings attached. Your helper does not delay or question why you need something done, he or she jumps into action right away. Do you know anyone who’s always willing to help you? Do not take such person for granted. Instead, take a pen and a paper and write the names of the helper in your life. Thank them and let them know that you truly care.
Mentor: Do you have someone you look up to as a mentor? Your mentor is that person who has been through what you are going through or perhaps farther ahead than you and always willing to share with you. When your mentor speaks he/she does so with wisdom. Your mentor’s advice is worth more than gold. Your mentor is that person who is secured and is not afraid or jealous that you’ll surpass him/her in achievement. Thanksgiving Day presents a great opportunity for you to express your appreciation to your mentor.
Teacher: We all have at least one person we all learn from either the person knows about it or not. That timeline you are always visiting to learn about one thing or the other. That person whose teachings you secretly watch at night or perhaps you glean from but never give credit. That one person whose blog you can’t do without visiting even if the person does not know. That is your teacher whether you acknowledge it or not. It’s time to appreciate such a person or people by sending them a note of thanks.
Pusher: Everyone needs a pusher in their lives and if you have one you are blessed. Pushers are great people and they may be your friend, they may be someone you’ve never met physically, but their conduct, words and actions propel you to go past your fears and achieve great things. It’s time to appreciate your pusher. A note of thanks appreciating him/her will go farther than diamond. Do your part, leave the rest and keep moving.
Hater: This one might be hard, but the truth is you need to thank your hater. Without your hater, you wouldn’t have tried so hard to take that step to prove that you are an overcomer. Your hater is that person who would do anything to prevent you from excelling. And despite all odds, you went ahead and succeeded anyway. It’s time to thank your hater for propelling you into greatness.
Thank these five types of people and then sit back to see what happens afterward. All in all, Thanksgiving should not just be limited to one day of the year. It should be something you do routinely. Be thankful for everyday blessings from God and those around you. Learn to appreciate even the seemingly little things and gestures and watch abundance flow your way.
Thank you for reading. Who else do you need to thank during Thanksgiving? Leave a comment below and remember to share this with a friend.