Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year as I enjoy getting together with family for our annual Eat Until You Become Comatose Food Extravaganza.

But upon closer inspection, Thanksgiving is more than gorging on food and then watching football. It is a time of reflection, togetherness, and thankfulness.

Every day we are bombarded in the news about something negative: politics, the uncertain economy, violence, and natural or man-made disasters just to name a few. It seems as if we’ve created a veil of fear which prevents us from really seeing all the good and positive things we have in our lives.

What’s exciting about Thanksgiving is how this holiday can help remove this illusory veil so that we’re able to see and appreciate just how much we really have to be thankful for.

What’s also great about Thanksgiving is how it brings people together. This one day out of the year is like a calling to come home, to connect with our roots, and to connect with each other. People are traveling all over the country to be with family and friends to share in an abundance of food, companionship, love, laughter, and positive energy.

Thanksgiving is also about taking the time to do an inventory of your own life. What do you have to be thankful for? Sure, it’s easy to be thankful for the fact that you have money in your wallet or purse, or to be thankful that you have a car, a giant 50 inch TV, or some really pretty jewelry.

These material things are definitely good to have and, it’s okay to want nice things. But when we really take a closer look at our situation, we see we already have an abundance of gifts of which to be thankful. If you are able to be sitting in front of a computer and see this article and to have the ability to comprehend it, then that’s a lot right there to be thankful for.

And along those lines, how amazing is it to have one’s health? And what about being able to easily access clean drinking water and food? Wow, that is pretty awesome when you take a moment to really think about it.

Another thing to be thankful for is how this life creates the opportunity to be a part of making a difference in the world, and of being able to help others.

What’s wonderful about Thanksgiving is how it’s like a time out from our busy and hectic lives. This holiday affords us the opportunity to take inventory of all the abundance we actually have, and see just how truly blessed we are in so many ways. Every day is a day of Thanksgiving.