and ramblings on everything in between
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you and I both take some time today to think about the things we are grateful for. Maybe it’s something as small as the electric toothbrush that is sitting in your bathroom, or maybe it’s something as large as the heart that is beating in your chest thanks to an organ donor. There is so much beauty around us if we only take the time to see it and appreciate it.
I personally believe that gratitude is a choice. I think we can either choose to be thankful for who we are and what we have, or we can choose to be angry about who we are and what we have. Either way, it’s something we choose. We’ve all heard the saying, “Fake it until you make it.” I think gratitude can work that way, too. You might have woken up this morning irritated at how quickly the morning came, at the annoying family members you’ll have to spend the holiday with, or the lack of family and friends you have to spend the holiday with. Maybe inside you were really scowling at the person who bumped into you on the street, but externally you made the decision to flash them a smile and that smile felt kind of good on your face so you kept it there for the rest of the day.
If you force yourself to be kind and thankful and generous, eventually they become who you are, right? Maybe it doesn’t work quite that way, but I think it will add up to something great. Forcing yourself to be happy has got to feel way better than forcing yourself to be mad.
I hope you take the time to realize how blessed you are today, and in turn bless someone else. It’s a day to be thankful, a day to be hopeful, a day to shine. It’s a day you can make the most of if you choose to embrace it. Embrace it with me.
Here’s to living with a thankful heart today, tomorrow, and the day after that.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18