Thanksgiving....I had an interesting conversation with a student. She believed that once Halloween is over it is a straight shot to Christmas. No turkey, no thanksgiving. I learned that without Thanksgiving I have no appreciation for Christmas. If I do not recognize the gifts I am given, I am not going to recognize new gifts either. One year I made lists of things I was grateful for one a day until Thanksgiving. Eventually I realized giving thanks is an on going process. Everyday the sun rises, a new day is a gift. I go to work, employment is a gift. I have to wash dishes, enough food to eat is a gift. My aches and pains remind me I have a body, my body is a precious gift. I observed in the actions of others, without thanksgiving for a gift, the gift might as well not be given. The funny thing is, if you stop giving the gifts, that is noticed. I believe an integral part of thriving is thanksgiving. I don't believe giving thanks makes problems go away, I do believe that gratitude puts them in perspective. I am thankful for so many things, events, and people. I can not possibly lists them in one day, so every day I express a bit of gratitude. A daily dose of gratitude changes my attitude.