Posted November 22, 2016

Every year families and friends get together for a time of giving thanks and fellowship. Thanksgiving started with the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians in 1621. A simple harvest feast between two different colonies made history. It was then made a national holiday in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln. Who knew a little bit of sharing & caring would lead us around the table on the third Thursday of November every year.

Here are 5 lessons you can gobble from Thanksgiving:

1. Priorities
Every year Thanksgiving is an opportunity to take time off of work and spend time with family and friends. Most businesses or organizations respect this national holiday in some manner. Often times, taking time off and gathering with loved ones can remind you of what matters most in life. Reuniting with family can also remind you of values you grew up on, and where you came from. Whether you celebrate this holiday mainly for the food or football, Thanksgiving provides the opportunity to visit family, friends, and to show gratitude for others through quality time or expressed thoughts.

2. Planning
Planning is a skill exercised every thanksgiving. A delicious meal and a house full of family and friends does not just happen by chance. A successful holiday is birthed through preparation and organization. Whether you’re traveling, hosting, or contributing to a meal there is a level of planning you have executed.

3. Perspective
Perspective is key throughout the holidays. Senses can be heightened with the gathering of family and friends, and the potential of plans falling through. Natural stressors of the holiday can easily get the best of you, offering you a choice to shine and get perspective, or get ran over by the fleeting emotions causing a chaotic holiday.

4. Gratitude
Gratitude is the heart behind the holiday, and hopefully is the core purpose of your holiday’s festivities. Amidst the planning, hosting, company, and possible obstacles, it’s important to take time to reflect and take inventory of all the good that’s been bestowed upon you. Everyone has something to be thankful for and most have many blessings to count.

5. Giving
The Plymouth colonist and the Wampanoag Indians first started it when they shared their autumns harvest. Taking inventory of your blessings often times causes you to give, or pay it forward in return. Make sure others see how grateful you are for the blessings in your life and help them do the same by your example. The greatest gift is giving, so give the gift of thankfulness this Thanksgiving.