"Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow." ~ Edward Sandford Martin

In the midst of the husle and busle of planning, shopping and preparing for a bountiful feast we like to call Thanksgiving, it is important not to forget the true spirit of the holiday. I know there are plenty of us out therewho are struggling on a multitude of different levels -- with so much uncertainty in the world today, I can see how easily we could allow ourselves to be swept away by negativity, finanacial challenges, sadness or even illness. In those moments, we loose sight of how to find and embrace gratitude for our current situations. However, grace and thanksgiving are not just found in the moments of joy -- they can be found even in the eye of the heaviest challenge, if we allow gratitude an opportunity to shine through. The act of thanksgiving is what you make it and gratitude can be found in the laughter of a child, a warm hello from an old friend, a good nights rest after a long day --- or in time spent with family and friends around a table filled with a beautiful home-cooked Thanksgiving Dinner, as many of us will be doing tomorrow. 

It is unfortunate that we only celebrate Thanksgiving Day once a year as we really ought to spend a few minutes every day comtemplating even the simplest forms of joy and blessing we experience as we move through life -- perhaps some of you reading this will add "daily gratitudes" to your New Year's Resolution list! May the true spirit of Thanksgiving surround you and your loved ones, not only tomorrow but in the days, months and years to come...Happy Thanksgiving