Live in Thanksgiving Daily

Live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which he doth bestow upon you. Alma 34:38

More than ten years ago, I made a Thanksgiving tree with my toddler children. I chose a bare branch from our yard and gathered leaves from beneath our silver maple. I cleaned and mounted the branch and displayed it in our dining room. Each day we wrote a word or two on a leaf about something for which we were thankful and taped it to the branch. At the end of the month, we had a full Thanksgiving tree to decorate our table and a full heart of gratitude to began the Christmas season.

All it takes to see past what you don’t have is to see one thing you do.

The writer who said this also said, Stop Saying You Do Not Because Now You Do. Just like we filled our Thanksgiving branch, he’s filling a wall of gifts with 100 things he will do for other people—even you—so we can SEE what we’ve already been given. He says,

Each of the 100 squares on my wall represents one thing I’d like to do for you this holiday season. My hope is that by doing this one thing for you, you’ll have at least one thing to say you do have–you’ll have something to be grateful for–and I’ll have some measure of satisfaction that I put to good use what resources I can contribute.

His creative generosity inspires me. I chose a square, and you can, too, when you visit his online project called 100 Squares for Christmas.

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1 Comment

  1. Minna Dyer
    Nov 9, 2008

    What a great idea to remind us of the things we are grateful for!
    Adn thanks for the 100 Squares link. Interesting and fun.

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