By the time you sit down to read this, you will be smack dab in the middle of a four day period that I truly dislike. Thanksgiving…or at least it should be, unfortunately it seems that we spend more time worried about having some time off or work or digging through stacks of ads looking at what we will go out in the middle of the night to fight others, just to give some small trinket as a gift. Take a moment and think back to a few hours ago…did you spend the time you had really engaging the people around you, or did you have your nose buried in a phone or tablet or maybe in a football game? Did you take time to be thankful? Did you really? Or did you think about all of the material things you wanted to give and get?
This won’t be one of those “I’m better than you” columns, but I do hope you will stop for just a moment and take a deep breath. Maybe you are a little like me, you don’t live in the nicest house, or have tons of good looks, or a secret stash of money. Maybe you think material things can bring you happiness. It is so easy to forget to be truly thankful for the things we do have in life. We too often get hung up on what we want and think we need to be happy that we forget to be thankful that things aren’t much worse. Do you have a place to sleep at night where you don’t worry if you will die in the night? Have you had enough to eat today? Does someone care for you and about you?
It’s easy to forget those simple things to be thankful for sometimes, so why not stop what you are doing right now because perhaps you walked away from the dinner table without giving thanks to those around you, or to the one who provides peace and love in your life. It only takes a moment but you will find that those little moments of being thankful can turn into the big ones that stick with you through life.
See you next week…remember, we’re all in this together.