“Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” – Margaret Cousins

This quote could not be truer after a weekend full of turkey, friends, family, smiles and laughter. My heart is full of so much appreciation and love for everything around me. So much so that it is hard to put it all into words. Social media is full of family photos and words of thanks as everyone shares their wonderful family moments from the weekend.

My appreciation does not begin or end with Thanksgiving weekend. This October has been absolutely perfect so far, it’s hard not to be filled with joy. The first frost brought sweater weather, but also a landscape that twinkled like diamonds. Corn fields are now in almost prime harvest condition, never ending views of bright yellows, reds and oranges fill the trees, and the sounds of geese honking overhead is in the air.

Endless sunshine allowed for steady days of bean harvest. Every road you drove down these last couple of weeks was busy with the hustle and bustle of tractors and combines driving back and forth from farm to field. The smell of manure filled the air, as manure-spreading guys work endless hours to ensure all the farmers’ fields are fertilized before the next rain comes. “Smells like money”, my little farmer says. My face almost hurts from all the smiling, pride and appreciation that has filled my soul.

On top of turkey-eating season, love is also in the air. Prime wedding season is in full swing. Anniversaries are being celebrated. Photos are being shared. Unforgettable memories are being made. Perfect opportunities for reunions among friends who haven’t seen each other in years are being had. Laughter and music are carried far off into the night, many wishing for these moments to last forever.

Whether your gatherings this season are small or big, there is always something to be thankful for. Take advantage of the beautiful weather, enjoy the full moon, and soak in all the colours. As you drive from one place to the next, do not rush. Enjoy Mother Nature’s most colourful season!

As we spend the week digesting our delicious meals and recovering from too many nights of ‘B-autumns up’, remember this saying:

“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward.

We shouldn’t only express our thanks and gratitude during the holiday season. We should count our blessings every day of the year. It’s as easy as pie!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!