What Thanksgiving Means to the City of Los Angeles

“It is according to your nature that when you are appreciative and grateful, you have a thousand jewels. When you are indifferent, there are only 40 jewels.”– Wellcome Library, London, part of “Turning the…

What Thanksgiving Means to the City of Los Angeles

“It is according to your nature that when you are appreciative and grateful, you have a thousand jewels. When you are indifferent, there are only 40 jewels.”– Wellcome Library, London, part of “Turning the Light on Abundance”, John R. O’Donohue – (1981)

Whether you call it gratitude, virtue, or being grateful, a gratitude declaration can be a life-changing event. It is a commitment to yourself, one that entails showing up for yourself and your life’s purpose.

The morning of Thanksgiving marks an opportunity to review your life. May you discover that with gratitude and gratitude acts, it is possible to achieve the Thanksgiving feeling of being happy, at peace, and grateful for the gifts of the present day. In addition, Thanksgiving reminds us to tune into the natural cycle of life, that grateful habit is the source of human happiness. And, when we are focused on the joy of life, it can become an attitude that balances our stress with a joy that makes the present day worth savoring.

Few things in life can transform your life, more than thanksgiving.

How do you think the city of Los Angeles will react when a majority of city residents publicly declare a Thanksgiving gratitude action? For more than a century, members of the Jewish community in Los Angeles have used the holiday to work toward human rights for all. As Jews, we began volunteering on behalf of the poor, the homeless, and the unemployed. As business owners, we founded the Jewish World Service to help others in distress. This year, many Jewish and Christian groups in Los Angeles will join in a coordinated citywide Thanksgiving celebration of giving to the needy.

New York Times bestselling author David MacDonald and others are working on getting a school on five continents organized for a Thanksgiving prayer and meal. “Four hundred, fifty, sixty, what do we pray to go, to go straight, to pray, to the Kingdom of God, or what do we pray for to come, to come straight, to go right, that’s what we are praying for today,” MacDonald says.

Students from Kindergarten to 12th grade will be engaged in the Thanksgiving event at a location in Central Square, outside the Capitol in Albany, New York. “If we have kids saying ‘Gods glory, God bless my country’ and all that, and we get them to sign a pledge that they will never, ever, take any money from their school’s revenue, that’s how we can change the world,” MacDonald says. “So that’s what we’re doing on Thanksgiving. We want to change the world with a New York City Thanksgiving prayer.”

If there is one time that an individual or group can highlight their gratitude to the divine, it is Thanksgiving. A change that transforms lives is truly possible with a grateful attitude.

This Thanksgiving, continue to be grateful for the talents and support of others around you, and say “please and thank you” to help yourself and others with the season of good will and goodwill.

Dona Adler is Senior Vice President, Mediation/Family Resolution and Organizational Counselor at Adler & Associates in Santa Monica, California. She has mediated thousands of family disputes and harassment complaints in Southern California, and directs legal outreach services for the Center for Effective Organizations in Los Angeles. She has worked on more than 250 Community Relations Commissions, Servicios Direitos Improgundos, Family Advocacy Program, Family Support Commission and the Joint Child Abuse Prevention Council in the United States and Canada. On the Web at www.AdlerAds.com and www.AdlerLeaders.com. Adler writes about strong families and organizations where passion, education, passion, and education drive toward co-benefit for people and organizations in a free newsletter, “The Modesty of Dreams.”

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