In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow, I would like to share some practical, and hopefully thought-provoking, questions to inspire all of us to give thanks.
- What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today? In general, what do you have to be thankful for? Your family and friends? Your health? Your physical ability? Your intelligence and talents? Your opportunities? Your job?
- What is one thing your parents have done for you that had a profound impact on your life? Have you ever thanked them for it? While it may stick out in your mind, they may think it went completely unnoticed!
- Who is one teacher – college, high school or otherwise – that positively changed the way you approach learning? Did you ever say thank you? How could you go about finding their contact information today?
- What one friend has stood by you the longest, no matter your follies or misgivings? How often do you tell them how much they mean to you? How could you show your appreciation for their loyalty and support?
- Do you have a mentor in your life who has sacrificed valuable business or personal time to help you develop or learn? How long would it take to write a short thank you note or holiday greeting? What is something they love, and how much would it cost to send it to them via mail?
- In between being appropriately annoying, what has one of your siblings done to help you, encourage you, or otherwise show their love for you? I know it took me a very long time to learn to say a simple ‘thank you’ to my brother. How could you go above and beyond this holiday to show your sibling how much you care about or appreciate them?
- If you have a significant other, when is the last time you thanked them for being by your side, putting up with your good and bad moods, and otherwise offering their love and support? I know I can sometimes take my girlfriend’s undying support for granted. How could you show that their support does not go unnoticed?
- Do you know anyone currently serving our country in the armed services? My brother serves in the Coast Guard so this hits close to home for me, but nearly all of us can think of at least one person serving in the military. Many service men and women will not get to be with their families over the holidays — how can you thank that person and make sure they feel loved and appreciated this holiday season?
- Do you have a pet that shows unconditional love? How could you thank them for their love and kindness? Perhaps through a bath, an extra treat, a long belly-rub, or a new comfy bed?
- Who is someone you respect or admire? It could be an author, politician, athlete, business-owner, or just your neighbor down the street. Everyone loves to be appreciated and hearing or reading about someone’s appreciation or admiration for oneself can be incredibly uplifting. Could you be the one person willing to offer a simple ‘thanks’ this holiday?
How else will you give thanks this Thanksgiving holiday? I would love to hear about it in the comments!
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