The trend for people to post something they’re thankful for each day in November is a good one. I enjoy reading what people are grateful for, and I’m glad that this season of the year tends to help remind people of their many blessings. So, why haven’t I participated? It seems like it would be right up my alley. I mean, anyone who’s read our blog for long will know I’m a “challenge” person. I wrote for 31 Days in October, I read the Bible in 90 days, I went on an 89-day Sugar Fast, I’ve participated in 30 Days of Lists. It seems like the kind of thing I could get into.
So why don’t I join the bandwagon?
Well, for one thing, I feel ashamed. Why isn’t a daily list of blessings something I’m always doing? Ever since having read 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp, I have kept a gratitude journal. It’s still not a daily routine. It can be a bit sporadic. I guess I don’t want to do something “just because” everyone else is. I am thankful for my blessings, but I don’t want to limit myself to only declaring my thankfulness during November.
Is that silly? I don’t know. I may be putting too much thought into it.
All that to say, I am thankful.
I’m thankful for:
- Morning branches heavy with dew
- Quiet moments of reflection with the rest of the family still asleep
- New crayons
- Phone calls with friend – raw, honest & real
- The sounds of a working washer, dryer & dishwasher
- Childlike enthusiasm for “projects” of their own creation
- New leaves on branches
- A quiet morning walk with God
- Hot water for my shower
- Tiny lettuce sprouts in the garden
- Books, books, books!
- Coffee, even black
- Baby ducklings to watch in the mornings
- The opportunity to daily train my children
- My awesome family
… And so many other things. I guess my challenge to you is to embrace Thanksgiving, but don’t let it stop there. Show gratitude always, and without ceasing. Give thanks for the little things, and don’t stop when we reach the end of November.
What are you thankful for?