K: KENNEDY’S THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”
These words are but one line from President Kennedy’s Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1963. On November 5, 1963 he presented the proclamation for a Thanksgiving Day he did not see. On Friday, November 22nd, six days before Thanksgiving, he was assassinated.
Today, over fifty years later, his memory lives on as we read these words and take them to heart. There’s a lot of talk about gratitude, which I greatly encourage as I try to foster a deeper attitude of gratitude in my own life. But reading his words makes me wonder how to take gratitude one step further. Let’s not simply utter the words, but truly try to live by them.
As I researched for this post and realized that he’d been assassinated less than a week before the holiday that he’d written this proclamation for, it brought home the fact again that life is not guaranteed. We must embrace life and be thankful for each day’s breath. Live each day to it’s fullest!