Once a year the United States stops for a day to give thanks. That day of thanks is known as Thanksgiving Day. In the English language Thanksgiving is used as a name therefore it’s a noun.
But in a twist that causes great confusion for people attempting to learn the English language “Thanksgiving” is also an action which means it’s a verb.
Which one is it for you? Is Thanksgiving a day you don’t have to work or is thanksgiving something you do?
Stopping for a day to reflect on all we have to be thankful for is fine but living a life full of thankfulness is better. The challenge is, at least for me, is that we take soooooo much for granted.
The fact that a day is set aside to give thanks somehow seems to make it okay to give thanks one day a year. But we all know that’s not okay. So here’s an idea….
Since smartphones are such a big part of our life let’s use them to help us remember to live a life of thankfulness. When I open the calendar on my iPhone it says “Thanksgiving Day” on only one day a year.
I’m going to scatter “Thanksgiving Day” throughout the year on my calendar. I’m going to use that device I look at many times a day to remind myself that Thanksgiving is best when it’s a verb and not merely a noun. I’d add Thanksgiving to everyday except for the fact that if I saw it everyday it wouldn’t be long before I didn’t even notice it anymore.
I’d never presume to tell you what you have to be thankful for but I am certain that no matter your situation you have many things and people if your life that you would miss horribly if they were gone.
Be thankful for them!
4 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Is Better as a Verb”
Thanks! Great reminder. Schedule time to be thankful. I do need a reminder. Maybe I can program my mind to take my words “Why don’t…” or “I wish…” as my reminder. If I expressed thanks half as often as I complained, I wouldn’t have time to do anything else!
You and me both Mike, complaining is such an easy hole to fun into and only the ladder of a grateful heart can get us out.
What a great reminder, Steve. We all lose sight of our blessings from time to time.
Thanks Christina, hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends!