Thanksgiving is literally upon us. One day most clearly focused on gratitude, but . . . other than a quick prayer before the turkey gets cold, do we spend as much time as we should saying thanks?
The list of people both famous and quite unknown who have discovered their joy when they discovered the value in consistent and persistent (certainly not one day a year) gratitude would fill a library.
Do you/we need to (re)discover our joy? Are there many, many reasons to see our world through a lens of frustration and negativity? Yup. And yet . . . are there hundreds of reasons for you to be grateful? Hundreds? No. Thousands? Of course.
You have been given the great gift of choice. You can choose to focus on all that is wrong with our world and have your joy drained from your life. Or you can choose (to the extent humanly possible) to push that crud in a small box and focus on all the things in your life that are more than worthy of your gratitude.
Don’t be worried if you feel you might not have enough ‘room’ to be thankful. Consider what one of literatures more diminutive creatures from Winnie the Pooh found:
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
Your heart is quite large compared to Piglet’s. I’m confident it can hold tremendous amounts of gratitude.
One of the things in my life I am most grateful for – is you. Thank you.
Please allow us to serve you and those you love.
P.S. Sit with a pad and craft a list of the things in your life for which you are grateful. You might want to get comfortable. I’m betting it will be a long list.