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As a communications trainer for organizations and companies, and a veteran marital and family psychologist, I’ve heard tremendous accounts of altruism, praiseworthy efforts in the face of defeat, unexpected successes and unbelievable turnabouts that defy all scientific logic when good communication is welcomed and the winds of change are embraced. That’s why I say as a motivational speaker: “Good talk isn’t cheap but priceless!” … “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth then pull its teeth!” … “The grass is always greenest where you take care of it!” “Thanks to YOU…our world is a far better place!”

BUT I’M NOT BEING THANKFUL ENOUGH

Whenever you say, “But I complain too much and I should be more thankful for what I’ve got!” you lose that loving feeling that makes the world go ’round. What I’ve also heard once too often is, “I didn’t appreciate what I had until it was gone!” It doesn’t have to be that way. Thanksgiving is a day to appreciate who you are and how you feel in context with loving who you are and the life you leading. Thus, Thanksgiving comes every day of the year!

THE MEALTIME BLESSING

The mealtime blessing is a way to appreciate what you’ve got and where it came from. Take a few moments to give thanks before digging into the scrumptious meal awaiting you:

We give thanks for our children, and the child in all of us, who can never be stopped from growing and changing.

We give thanks to one another for standing behind us when, as individuals, we might have failed to find the courage to stand up for ourselves.

We give thanks for the little things each of us has done to encourage politeness, niceness, caring, respect and dignity in our home.

We give thanks for the special intimacy that exists between husband and wife, and hope that the fire of this romance will always burn bright.

We give thanks for our adolescents’ and young adults’ aspirations, ambitions and realistic plans to improve their lives and add to our family heritage.

We give thanks for our health and the health of our elder family members, from whose wisdom we benefit daily.

We give thanks for neighbors who lend a helping hand when unexpected problems crop up.

We give thanks for America, a prosperous and proud country that pays the cost of our freedom.

We give thanks for the diversity of people who populate this vast planet.

We give thanks for the life we have together and the life we add back into our communities.

We warmly give thanks to one another seated around this table and enjoy partaking of this meal in the spirit of abiding respect and love.

These are but a few of the marvelous blessings I know you appreciate and feast on every day of the year. Celebrate your life!

THANKS TO YOU

Communicate, change, grow and give thanks. Because THANKS TO YOU…our world is a far better place!

Dr. Dennis O’Grady is a keynote speaker and author of “Talk to Me: Communication Moves to Get Along with Anyone.” Dennis lives and works in Dayton, Ohio, and is a husband and father of three daughters in addition to being a licensed clinical psychologist.


6 Comments »

  1. I especially say thanks for the health of my family and loved ones the world over.

    Comment by Dr. Dennis O'Grady — November 22, 2006 @ 8:15 am

  2. I am thankful that I now beautify the world with my positive attitude of generosity and getting along with people.

    Comment by Denise — November 22, 2006 @ 8:57 am

  3. Hi Dennis:

    I just wanted to wish you a nice Thanksgiving.

    Amongst the many things I am grateful for, is the help you have given to my family this past year.

    We were all laughing out loud Sunday night at a birthday party for my husband. Last night I caught my “terrific teen” playing with the dog and laughing out loud again. Later I caught her watching TV with her sister and, yes, laughing out loud again.  I hope I never forget how great it feels to see her laughing out loud.

    Comment by Kit — November 22, 2006 @ 9:05 am

  4. I don’t get down on myself when I feel down like I used to which I am very thankful for. True, my mood can’t travel along at one speed. Some days I drive slow…some days I drive fast…some days I’m really happy listening to the radio. I agree with you that “all humans share the ocean of emotion.”

    Comment by Bo — November 22, 2006 @ 1:09 pm

  5. I am guessing it is no coincidence that you choose the colors you did for each communicator vs. personality type.  How appropriate!  
     
    Your Thanksgiving prayer is a great way to reflect on what really matters, all those things we have to be thankful for.  It is so easy to focus on everything else around us, become stressed out, and forget to show appreciation.  Thank you for taking the time to help us all think deeper. 

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Comment by C — November 22, 2006 @ 2:45 pm

  6. “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by
    mankind.”…..Rudyard Kipling

    Comment by Leslie — November 22, 2006 @ 8:35 pm

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