Thanksgiving always comes and goes way too quickly. We often think, “We need more time to focus on Thanksgiving.” For many, Thanksgiving seems sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas.

By the end of September, many of the stores and TV commercials will focus on Christmas.

The only way to capture “quick Thanksgiving” is to celebrate Thanksgiving every day. We shouldn’t wait until Thanksgiving to give thanks, we should give thanks every day.

A grateful heart is a healthier heart. Living in a Thanksgiving attitude celebrates the gift of life and every opportunity to live life.

Many of us have dreaded the shorter days. Dark at 6 a.m. and in some areas soon at 5 or even 4:30 a.m. I used to fear that, but my attitude has changed. I’m just lucky to be alive to see the changing of the seasons. Take advantage of these cooler, shorter days to rest. The days will soon be getting longer again and you can mow the grass, work or go for a walk every evening until 9:00 or later. Go with the flow and enjoy the differences.

I miss Thanksgiving when my mom and dad lived and mom cooked. If everyone got together, we could have 20 people in the house. That was a tough time for my mother. Make sure to always praise the person carrying the cooking load.

Time passes quickly. Every day we should embrace the day. When you see someone, talk to someone, share a meal with someone, by all means embrace and enjoy the moment. Say thank you for all the occasions when you need to spend time with others, whether it’s family or friends.

Thanksgiving is not the same for many of us because there are empty seats at the table. We miss moms and dads who left us for a better place. We miss wives, husbands, children and siblings who left this life too soon. This makes us sad and dampens our spirits. But look around and see the people who might not be here next year. There are no guarantees. Be kind, be loving. say good words to them lift her up It will make you feel better to thank and anoint people.

Jesus was anointed by Mary, Martha’s sister, before his arrest and crucifixion. Some criticized her for it, but Jesus said she prepared me for the burial. Leave her alone, he said, she did a good job. After Mary anointed Jesus’ feet, the smell of the ointment filled the house. When you love people and are kind to them, it always brings a better scent and atmosphere into the house. Part of it shows Thanksgiving for them and towards them. Mary ended up with this ointment on her hands and in her hair. When you do good things for people to honor them, much of that good comes back to you.

Have Thanksgiving every day. Giving thanks, giving thanks and living in the spirit of gratitude. Your attitude will make your day better and encourage others around you.