Thankfulness is the act of showing gratitude and appreciation for all we have been given. For many of us, giving thanks is a welcome exercise as it gives us a sense of solitude and wholeness. When we take a moment to consider all that we have been given—things like freedom, health, peace, bounty, and community—our hearts and minds naturally lift to a positive place spiritually and emotionally. Imagine what a constant state of thankfulness could bring us a habitual sense of peace, joy, and appreciation.
This month students will be asked to think about what they are thankful for and possible ways to invoke thankfulness in others. Accordingly, we will be collecting canned foods for a Thanksgiving Food Drive for Martha's Table again this year. This simple act both reminds us of our responsibilities to contribute to the greater good and to recognize all that we have. We will have a special blessing of the donated food during Chapel on November 14. The following week on Tuesday, November 20, we will celebrate with our annual Thanksgiving All School Chapel at 11:15 a.m. on Grandparents and Special Friends Day. Please join us for these special Chapels.
Please take a few moments this month to continue the discussion with your child about thankfulness. At home or during your carpool, try the following ideas:
- What makes you thankful? How do you express your thankfulness?
- Discuss the good people and things in your life and provide examples of the good in other people.
- Ask your child to share the good that is in her life and what she can do to share these gifts with others.
Talk about why we should not lament what we don't have or what we are not.