“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.”
– Harry Ironside.
Wow!Celebrations are knocking on our hearts.The spirit of Thanksgiving and other festivals are pushing us to become more energetic, happy, joyful being grateful. We will thank God, family, friends, community, and especially the market, which goes through many processes to meet our needs on Thanksgiving. There are lots of people taking part in the functions of our everyday lives. We should be grateful to them.
In the following paragraphs we have presented some ideas regarding the Thanksgiving festival, which definitely inspire the meaning of this festival in a new direction. So, enjoy the writing of feast..
“Autumn harvest feast” is at the core of the tradition.
A 21-year-old Californian, Joyce, says, I know that there are many beliefs and food traditions involved in the history of this festival. United States citizens observe Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday. Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag celebrated an autumn harvest feast in 1621, regarded today as one of the first Thanksgivings in the colonies. However, some people are against this festival as they see it as an atrocity. They view it as religious or a holiday where the pilgrims stole the land from the Native Americans. American history hides the horror of Native Americans’ oppression and expulsion from their land and way of life. This is the Native American culture, where it was the way of their life. If you read history, in Native American cultures, the autumn harvest was celebrated, and the grace of Mother Earth was celebrated
Well, let’s go; this is a matter of history, but we have accepted the “Autumn harvest feast” is at the core of the tradition. I do not want to remember the events of history on this occasion but wish to celebrate this festival with a happy and grateful heart. I don’t want to lose a chance to go to the grocery or food market because I like to see how many types of grains, seeds, greens, vegetables, and fruits our hardworking farmers have grown. Isn’t this amazing? If you go to the bakery section, you can find decorated pumpkin rolls, apple or sweet potato pie, cranberry squires, autumn apple torte, and many more desserts for celebrations.
At the same time, look and feel the engrossment and accountability of the bakery workers, recognizing the hidden passion and talent in their eyes. You can find how impartially they work to make their customers’ celebrations great. Therefore, every time we buy various food items and sit down to a healthy meal, we should remember that infinite power and express gratitude to nature. These days I listen to Indian Spiritual Teacher- Sadhguru, and he rightly says that “The food that you eat is life. It is other forms of life that we are eating – the other forms of lives are giving up their life to sustain our life. If we can eat with enormous gratitude for all the living things which give up their life to sustain our lives, then the food will behave in a very different way within you.”
It is a time to get heavenly blessings
Thanksgiving gives us a chance to explore humanity and spirituality, which is dormant inside us. We have to activate it. We must be thankful for everything, whatever we get from nature and other processes as human life.
Henry Ward Beecher, who was an American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker, said-“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!”
To cultivate and express gratitude seems a natural human response.
A Thank you or expressing appreciation does not take much and is an inherent quality within human beings. But then, why is gratitude not a part of our daily lives? Possibly the main reason is that present living or lifestyle is at a fast pace and with its many distractions makes forgetting the importance of gratitude easier. Gratitude is recognizing the bonus value for favorable things or positive life experiences for which we did not actively work towards or ask for.
Most people cannot receive something gracefully. Social ethics have taught us that giving is important, but taking is not important. Yes, taking is not important — taking is ugly — but receiving is very important; it takes a certain amount of gratefulness, a certain amount of humility. Just look at any aspect of your life; everything that is worthwhile you are actually receiving. For example, just see how many people and things were involved in the clothes that you are wearing right now — from the person who planted the cottonseed to the millions of organisms that were involved in making the plant grow; from the people that prepared the cotton — from ginning to weaving to spinning — to the clothing maker, agent, distributor, and seller. Even the food that you eat, just for it to get into your system, how many different lives have participated in making this happen? If you are aware of this and if you receive gracefully, you will be overwhelmed with gratitude. Gratitude is not an attitude; it is something that flows out of you. If it is just a cultivated attitude, it is not of much significance. People have always told you that the magic words are “thank you,” but gratitude is not cultivated; it happens when you are overwhelmed by something or somebody.
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