Tonight I am aware how fun it is to read what others are thankful for. The positive vibes on Facebook are evident. It is refreshing following the political season of cynicism and negativity….
And yet I wonder if we will all remain thankful after Thursday. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had an attitude of gratitude that extended over 365 days as opposed to 28….
I know that I do not live every day thankful, but I am keeping a thankful journal for the next year. It is imperative for me, especially during days when the struggles seem greater than the joy, for me to remember there is always something (or many things) to be grateful for, if I choose to embrace thankfulness….
There will be many names of people in my thankful journal,there will be many times when I name my gratitude for God’s grace, comfort, presence and peace. There are nights I will be thankful for heat and days I am thankful for air conditioning. Sometimes it may be as simple as shelter and food and other days as complex as gratitude for understanding purpose to my pain….
I am not sure what thankful thoughts fill your heart today. I wonder if they are easy to name and feel tangible or if they feel elusive and difficult to put words to….
I have been in both spaces and yet I am thankful that the more I am willing to be thankful the more my thankfulness seems to grow deep roots in my heart!
And yet I know there are people who are dealing with new diagnosis of disease, newly faced addictions, daily reminders that a loved one is no longer living or deep sorrow from dreams not realized in pregnancy, adoption, employment, relationships and so much more. Please remember to be kind to those who are living difficult days and remember that at the end of their difficult day, they just might be thankful for you!
Happy Thanksgiving to all…..