Thanksgiving Gratitude

Thanksgiving Gratitude

American holidays make me sad


I suppose it is what we do with them – what our minds and egos and ambitions do with some of them.

Somehow, as time has gone by, we as a society have morphed them into unrecognizable, self-absorbed excuses to do weird things. Not all the time, but most of the time. Most people just see them as opportunities for time off from a job that wears them out.

Easter. Bunnies and eggs. Candy and hunting. Weird. Just plain weird.

Memorial Day. I’ll bet if you asked 100 people what it meant, 95 could not even venture an intelligent guess. It is an excuse to go camping and drink beer. The beginning of boating season.

4th of July. Independence Day. Independence from what? From whom? Again, ask 100 people why we celebrate this day and see what you get. More beer, boats, and camping. Oh, and fireworks. It is all about the fireworks.

Labor Day. I think it is honoring the millions of men and women who worked themselves to death to build this great nation … its infrastructure, factories, and products that made us the greatest commercial nation in the world. I think. Or is it the last day of boating and beer season?

Thanksgiving. This is my favorite. It was established to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. (Details can be found here.)

I love the purity of this holiday…

an opportunity to express our gratitude for everyone and everything. And as we know, expressing gratitude is a very powerful way – perhaps the most powerful way – to feel joy ourselves.

An ever-growing segment of our society associates this holiday with “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” … opportunities for commerce to jam even more crap we don’t need down our throats. You may have noticed that we do not offer any discounts at Bliss Business on these days.

Christmas. Oh my. Don’t even get me started. Santa Claus? Presents we cannot afford?  Christmas trees? The fortunate thing about Christmas is that it still brings more families together to love and cherish each other than any other holiday.

This Thursday is Thanksgiving. I encourage you to steep yourself in gratitude this week.  Think about it. Feel it. Express it. Resist the temptation to buy your way through it. And accept the fate of eating your way through it.

Kimmy and I are deeply grateful for those of you who are our customers, clients, and friends. You trust us with your education, inspiration and your time.

We love you for that, for you have gifted us with the most beautiful life we could ever imagine.

the Blisses

This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Wishing you and you family a wonderful Thanksgiving…..from The Packards

  2. So grateful to have crossed paths with you both. Have a blessed Thankgiving.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving! This year is certainly different and I’ve much to be grateful for. It is truly a “pure” holiday.
    With love,

  4. Happy Thanksgiving Richard and Kimmy. I am thankful that you two bring the best out in each other and that I have benefited from that as a follower!

  5. 🍂🍁🥀Richard Bratton and I are truly blessed and so grateful every day. Grace, peace & love to you on this Happy Blessings Day🥀🍁🍂

  6. Gratitude. What a powerful and liberating concept. Our society drives us to focus on what we do not have but wish we had, whereas “gratitude turns what we have into enough.” It truly is a key to unlock the fullness of life.

  7. I am very grateful for all that you are doing for our Shaklee family! Thanksgiving has always been a special time for our family to come together to give thanks for the many blessings we have received. Each year we create a special blessing that we put at each place setting. I wish you both a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving. Thank you!

  8. At the risk of sounding like a broken record–thanks for the reminder! I’m grateful to be healthy, to have discovered a whole new community of people I call friends. Hve a wonderful Thanksgiving Richard and Kimmy.

  9. I’ve threatened— for YEARS! now— to fast on Thanksgiving.

    Yeah. Yeah. One of these years ‘Maybe next year’ just won’t cut it.

    I am ThankFull for you RB. More than you know. And since you’d be dead without her, I’m ThankFull for KB, too. I look forward to meeting her someday. Soon.

  10. I am so very grateful that I had the opportunity to take your 13 week webinar! It has changed my life, my outlook, how I’m doing my business, and I have learned to love everything about it. I hope to meet you and Kimmy someday!

  11. Your blog was a timely reminder that each day I have is loved with Gratitude.
    I grateful for the new community of friends I have and amazing testimony from people from all walks of life. These give me fuel to face each day with grateful eyes.
    Have a Blessed Thanksgiving.

  12. Thankful for your abundance in sharing, mentoring, and inspiring us to be more! Thank you both!

  13. I love this day, I love a day that reminds me of gratitude every time I wish someone Happy Thanksgiving! The list is endless of all the things in my life that I am grateful for. Thank you for all you and Kimmy bring to this world and the gentle reminds you give to stay present and be real. Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. Thank you both! love Love Love you both dearly! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well from our home to yours! Rose & David

  15. I am so grateful for your podcast and your books. You have been the catalyst to changes in my mindset. I am so excited about the possibilities in the future because of YOU. Thank you so much!!

  16. Thank you for your realistic playful run down of our absurdly celebrated holidays!!! Can’t wait to meet you in Chicago!!! Thank you for sharing your gifts with us! Happy Thanksgiving

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