“After all the travel and the cooking and the hassle, for these few minutes, perhaps we can all breathe the same air and think hard about what we’re thankful for.”
We follow Seth Godin’s blog and wanted to share his “Thanksgiving Reader” project with you!
In case you aren’t familiar, Seth Godin is an American author, entrepreneur and marketing thought leader. He is known for his short daily blog posts read by tens of thousands, his impact on the development of “permission marketing,” and his bestselling books, such as –
- Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us;
- Free Prize Inside! The Next Big Marketing Idea;
- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
- The Dip: A Little Book that Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick); and
- Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable.
But this project isn’t about Seth.
As The Thanksgiving Reader web page describes, Seth is out to start a new holiday tradition, and he hopes you’ll join in and read along. His vision is to unite people all over the world in speaking gratitude through the sharing of readings around the table prior to the Thanksgiving meal.
“During the ten or fifteen minutes your family spends reading together, millions of people will all be reading the same words, thinking about the same issues, connecting with each other over the essence of what we celebrate.”
And to make such a thing possible, Godin has curated a lovely set of readings in a 32-page PDF which is The Thanksgiving Reader. The readings come from authors, poets, and traditional stories and prayers. They include many individual readings, two call-and-response readings and a unison reading. They are diverse and the Thanksgiving host is encouraged to choose those that resonate with them. We’ve inserted a few in this post for a sampling, but you’ll want the whole PDF with all of them, plus the beautiful artwork.
My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird—equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.
Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect?
Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work,
which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.
The phoebe, the delphinium. The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.
Which is mostly rejoicing, since all ingredients are here,
which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart
and these body-clothes, a mouth with which to give shouts of joy to the moth
and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam, telling them all,
over and over, how it is that we live forever.
– Mary Oliver
Seth goes on to explain in the beautiful video found on the same page, “You’ll be joining millions of people around the world who will be, for once, in sync, together, a force for gratitude.”
The 32-page Thanksgiving Reader is available for free online. There is no opt-in required. (Opt-ins needed to deliver the PDF to an email for mobile device readers are not kept or used for marketing purposes.)
I think that we can’t go around measuring our goodness by what we don’t do—by
what we deny ourselves, what we resist, and who we exclude. I think we’ve got to measure goodness by what we embrace, what we create, and who we include.
– Robert Nelson Jacobs
As you know, I am a huge fan of gratitude. It keeps our focus on the good in life and the light within others. It transforms us from the inside out, keeps us compassionate, and prepares us to give and receive more blessings.
This Thanksgiving, we are grateful for our family, friends, health, and many other good things, including Seth and his new tradition. We invite you to participate with us! Download your Thanksgiving Reader here, we hope you’ll join us in speaking gratitude together this week.
There is so much to be thankful for each day.
Today we take the time to pause and acknowledge this special season of harvest and its traditions of sharing with those less fortunate.
We take time to notice the labor of others, from farm to table, that culminates in this feast.
Today we pause to recognize how fortunate we are and to be grateful for the bounty we share with friends, family and loved ones, be they with us or far away.
We take pause to celebrate that we each can and do make meaning for our own lives; by the deeds we do, to make the world a better and a more humane home for all. Every day offers us the opportunity to make a difference not just in our own lives but in the lives of others. We offer our hands our minds and our hearts to help all those who seek to make the world a better place.
Today we take time to rejoice not just with the food we share but also the give and take of love and compassion that we experience each day.
We are Thankful to each of you for being here to share today with us.
– Rebecca Hale
Partners for Prosperity is also grateful for YOU, our clients! We’ll be here to help this week through Wednesday, then we’ll be out of the office Thursday and Friday. Of course, you can always leave us a message or send an email through our website. We look forward to serving you soon!