When my family and I moved from Brazil to the US, 21 years ago, I didn’t understand quite well the importance of the Thanksgiving holiday to the American culture.
In the first years my family was invited to join our friends’s families to share the meal and simply be together. The holiday started to grown on me, not exactly by the history of it, but for what it meant to the families here in our country.
I remember the feeling of joy and happiness during the gatherings. Some of our friends were involved in volunteering to serve meals to those that were going through difficult times, many homeless.
It dawned on me that even though each one of us certainly has so much to be grateful for, there are times in our lives when trials happen (or are in motion) around the holiday celebration. So, for those of us that can celebrate fully the holidays in gratitude and love, it is important to pass on the light, be it in a thought form, a written message, a warm hug or a prayer.
Those around us and those that we come in contact with will benefit from our positive energies and might be able to find just the strength and courage they need at that moment.
The sharing of the good in our lives has been to me a constant source of inspiration, a way of living.
Wherever you are in your life at this moment know that you can be the receiver of the vibrations emanated from happy and grateful gatherings or you can be the giver. The “feeling good” energy will travel, will ripple and find just the right hearts to uplift, to comfort and to love.
I have been in both ends…the receiver and the giver and am certain this may be true to many of us. I thank those that held a space of love and gratitude for me and my family when we needed the most and wholehearted today I share the blessings received to all out there in need of this love and light.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
Maria Helena Anderson