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2005: Issue 23

Giving of Thanks

Fall of 1621… fall of 1623… June of 1676… October 1777… fall of 1789… 1863, 1864, 1865… 2005.  The timeline of Thanksgiving.

Indeed the first Thanksgiving as we are taught occurred in the fall of 1621 when the Pilgrims who had survived their first winter and the Indians gathered to celebrate a bountiful harvest, the Pilgrims recognizing it was because of the assistance of the natives that they had survived.  Then in the fall of 1623 the Pilgrims gathered to pray for rain after experiencing a severe drought.  When a steady rain followed the next day, the Governor proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving, truly to give thanks.  Our country then experienced a gap of Thanksgiving celebrations, with the next official Thanksgiving occurring in June of 1676, again to celebrate bountifulness. 

I will let you continue the history lesson on your own, with one final caveat that the day as we now know it is due to the vigilant advocacy efforts over a period of 40 years by Sarah Josepha Hale – another courageous woman indeed.  Tirelessly writing and campaigning for a national holiday resulted in her dream becoming reality when in 1863 President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving.

Yes, Thanksgiving does have somewhat of a sporadic history, yet the intention of giving thanks was always present.  And the thanks was to the “Almighty God”, “… to be grateful for His benefits; and humbly to implore His protection and favor…” (George Washington, 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation).   And from President Lincoln’s Proclamation of 1863, “ they are the gracious gifts of the Most High God… it has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.” 

In our hurried life, we tend to forget the power of giving thanks and expressing gratitude.  We see one patient after the other, and seldom pause to express our thanks, or share our “thanks giving’s” with them.  Wonder what a difference it would make if we did? 

The discussion about Thanksgiving tends to be about food, who is coming, and all that we have to do to get ready.  In true celebration of our national Thanksgiving holiday, as we gather for feasts, fellowship and football, let us also remember to give thanks… to a higher power if your beliefs lead you there; to those in your presence, as well as those a far; and least we forget, for sunshine, water, freedom, our homes… 

Being thankful for the myriad of gifts around us is also a gift we give ourselves.  Studies have shown that those who are experience less stress; greater vitality; and better physical health. 

1. On Thanksgiving, express your thankfulness and gratefulness to yourself, and to at least three other people; thus, sharing the gift of thanks giving with them.

2. Decide to adopt a daily ritual of expressing gratitude.  Consider adopting the habit of a gratitude journal, where every day you write down five things that you are grateful for. 

3. When others express thankfulness to you, “let it land”, and reply with acknowledgment rather than dismissing it or minimizing it. 

ABOUT Extra Ordinary Living

Taking their learning from 20+ years in corporate healthcare, Janet Crawford and David Scheiderer, MD formed Extra Ordinary Living, Inc. in 2003 with an intention of helping physicians, other healthcare professionals and their organizations identify possibilities and opportunities, remove obstacles, and ultimately, optimize results.

Usually the first question we are asked, is why Tiberius? Our trivia friends usually can identify the references……yes, Tiberius was the 2nd Roman emperor, and yes, Tiberius is the middle name of James T. Kirk from Star Trek. One of our life mottos and business principles is “to learn from the past, look to the future but live in the present;” thus, Extra Ordinary Living.

As Executive and Professional Coaches, we are trained to listen, to observe and to customize our approach to our client's needs. We provide tools, support, structure and accountability to help our clients unleash their full potential and optimize results. There are so many reasons for physicians in particular to feel disenchanted with their chosen profession, their calling. Having a coach helps them get back in touch with their passion for being a healer.

The best thing about coaching is that it is all about you and what you want. We may share our opinions and give you advice, but it is up to you to pick and choose what you want to accept. We suspend judgment and will support you in your decisions.

As Professional Speakers, our messages are inspirational while imparting useful, practical and memorable information in a fun and dynamic way to help you in your pursuit of authentic happiness, and the enjoyment of deep life experiences.  

David Scheiderer, MD, MBA
Executive Coach

Janet Crawford, MHA, MBA
Executive Coach

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""If the only prayer you say in your life is "thank you," that would suffice."
– Meister Eckhart
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness in life.  It turns what we have into enough and more.  It turns denial into acceptance; chaos to order; confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and brings vision for tomorrow.”
– Melody Beattie