From the article: Is Thanksgiving Day a Good Idea For Sikhs?
Thanksgiving Day in America is a traditionally a time of reflection and feasting, often manifesting an expression of gratitude in the communal sharing of bounty. In Sikhism, the traditions which are identified with Thanksgiving are a way of life which go on year round, ideally with every breath, thought and deed. No matter one's outlook on life there are times when it can be challenging to have an attitude of gratitude. Counting one's blessings is a sure way to experience an uplift of spirit. What are you thankful for today? Share Your Thoughts
- My ancestors didn't sail with the Mayflower, but remained here, so no Thanksgiving day and no thanks neither, lol !
- —Guest Gattina
- I am thankful for a roof over my head and food to eat. My husband and I have lost our home in the financial disaster and my family has allowed us to live in their home. I will always remember this kind deed. I am looking forward to helping others in need when my finances are stable. It is a gift to help others, especially during the holidays. happy thanks giving to all!
- —Guest Mary
Everyday is a day to be thankful for.
- The chance to live, to eat well, to serve and to help others is what I am thankful for. I am sad that I am limited with what I can do for others but I am hoping that it will only change in time.
- —Guest Guri Singh
- Happy Thanksgiving to you. May you have a wonderful time eating and celebrating with your friends and family. Sometimes we forget what is important to us. I am thankful that my family and I are healthy and is able to get up each morning to start another adventure.
- —Guest AVCr8teur
Thankful for Family - and Stitchery!
- I am so thankful for my family which includes not only my relatives, but also my furbabies and all my online friends! I am also thankful for my cross stitch projects. They are the best tension relievers and therapy I know and I love all my stitchy friends too!
- —Connie G.
More Than Can Be Counted
- For all the little things, like fuzzy doggy ears, and all the huge things we tend to forget, like refrigeration, strong & loving family relationships, and the ability to experience *everything*.
- I try to make it a daily practice of listing each day at least 3 things I am grateful for. This started as a sort of therapy after the murderous events of 1984. I have kept it up over the years. I wish I had my early lists, but sadly, they have been lost. I remember writing about birds singing and the feeling of wind on my face. The point is, however, that each day should be Thanksgiving day, not just the fourth Thursday in November. I rarely do anything special aside from cooking an especially delicious dinner. I certainly see nothing wrong with Sikhs celebrating, as long as they do so within the Sikh Rehat Maryada, the Sikh Code of Conduct. Of course, Khalsa should never knowingly break Marydad or, most especially their Khalsa vows. Be gracious, if possible, of course, but those vows must not be broken. Be thankful and remain in chardi kala!
Gratitude Is My Attitude
- Gosh, what don't I have to be grateful for? We become so jaded, everyday miracles seem like small potatoes, so that's where I'll begin. I'm thankful for the sun, for leaves turning colors, for a juicy, red tomato, knees that can still support me, for my colleagues at About.com.
- As an agnostic, I don't give thanks (thanks to whom?), but I do consciously enjoy all of my on-line friends.
- —Guest Kevin C42