In America it is Thanksgiving week. Thursday and Friday will be full of all types of festivities and food – mainly food.
One way to make your Thanksgiving even more special would be to create the perfect Thanksgiving List, which is very different than a Christmas List. A Thanksgiving list is not about what gifts you want or plan to give, but rather words of gratefulness that you might have for someone special in your life.
The list is simple. Think of someone you appreciate and write their name down. Add a dash next to their name and then a summary of what you want to write.
The next obvious thing would be to tell them what you wrote down whether face-to-face, in a letter or email or in some other creative way, such as a video or video call. Give it all you have got. Go deep. Don’t stand in the two feet water of general thoughts, but go for the right words that truly mean what you feel.
Let me show you part of my list, which will give away some of my surprise, but may help you with yours. I’ve simply written a name and the intentional idea I have to encourage and thank them.
The Perfect Thanksgiving List (not in any order)
Kelly (my bride) – Thanks for following me around the world and for putting up w all my entrepreneurial ventures w vigor and joy. Let her know how much I value her partnership.
Kids – Let them know how proud I am of them and what I see in them. Maybe use Thanksgiving day to pull them away one by one to share.
Steve Cockram/Cockram family – Discuss the past two years and let him know how grateful I am.
Mike & Kianna – Use Facetime; Tell them your thoughts about the next season.
Key English Friends – Use Thanksgiving as a way to say thanks for all they have done for us over this period.
God – Spend some time Thursday morning just thanking him for all he has done.
Business Partners – Always a good time to let them know what you are grateful for.
GiANT’s – Just let them all know how grateful you are for their hard work!
Larry – Tell him how much those books he gave you have meant to you.
And so on. I have about 10 more people, but you get the gist.
Create a Perfect Thanksgiving List. Don’t miss the chance to bless someone. You have been given a softball to hit here with this great holiday.
And then this. Men, if you are gathering your family over the holiday, be a man and stand up and tell everyone at the table how much you appreciate them and simply offer a prayer of thanks with meaning (not the blah words that most say). Some people will be shocked, but stay the course. Do it. Trust me. Set the tone for the family on Thursday.
And to all of you readers, Thank You! Thank you for encouraging me back via emails and calls when you have been encouraged.
My family and I will be celebrating Thanksgiving in England again this year. Our last week here and I am truly grateful for our experience, these people and for the freedom that we all celebrate. May we not take that for granted whether in England or America.
For you always,