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Tis the season for Thanksgiving and Thankfulness.
If you turn to the right or to the left you’ll see people from all over social media reminding you to be thankful. Be thankful, is this just another marketing ploy? Or is being thankful so much more? Can I be thankful any time of the year, and in any season of the year?
I say yes!
Thankfulness is not a day or a season but rather a heart condition. You can actually have this “feeling” of thankfulness outside of our holiday.
How you ask?
Begin by being aware of what you’re doing right now. My guess would be that you are on a very expensive computer. One that fits in the palm of your hand, sits on your lap or is large enough to see across the room.
- Be thankful for the technology to be in touch with anything you want when you want it.
You are most likely breathing on your own. Your body is not lifeless and cold. You have food in the pantry and the promise of a cooked meal today.
- Be thankful for air to breathe and food to nourish your body.
Are you warm? Do you have clothes on your body? Shoes on your feet?
- Be thankful for clothes, and warmth.
Thankfulness does not need to begin with BIG it needs to start with the simple. By being thankful for the small parts of your life first you begin to strengthen your awareness of what you have. Most of us are blessed beyond all measure. Yet we focus on what we lack or what we want more then what’s been given.
Turn complaining into Thanksgiving
Do you have kids that woke up way too early this morning and you can’t find the coffee? Instead of complaining try to find the thanksgiving.
- Be thankful for your children. They were protected all through the night. They are so excited to see you this morning and to be in your company.
- Be thankful that it is very likely you have a cold cup of coffee in your microwave. Heat it back up and you’ll find the rest soon.
Your house is a mess, the kids need to eat again, and your hair has not been washed for three days. What can you find to be thankful for in this mess?
- Be thankful you have a roof over your head
- Enough stuff to make a mess with
- Food that can fill hungry bellies
Thankfulness is not a reaction to perfection. It is a practice in observation.
Thanksgiving comes once a year, but being a thankful person can come at any moment. My challenge to you is to start small and see where that takes you.