Contrary to what some retailers and radio stations would have us believe, it is not the Christmas season. Not yet, at least. Today marks the beginning of one of my favorite months, because it is home to one of my favorite holidays. Thanksgiving.
On this first day of November, as Starbucks carries on the tradition of unveiling their new holiday cups, I am rolling out a tradition of my own. For the past few years, I have counted down to Thanksgiving by sharing something that I am grateful for each day, and I decided to do so again this year. As I prepared to write this, though, I considered shelving this particular Thanksgiving tradition altogether.
Spoiler alert: I am keeping the tradition alive. But I had to convince myself to do so, and in grappling with my decision, I was reminded of a valuable lesson in gratitude. There is always something to be grateful for, no matter how small it may seem.
Throughout the day, in anticipation of what I would write tonight, I was on high alert for things to be grateful for, and I accumulated a rather lengthy list. As I reviewed my gratitude list, though, I found myself feeling a bit disappointed at what was missing. All of the things that I was thankful for were, in my initial estimation, were rather ordinary. They were not grand at all. Or were they?
Some of the things that made the list included:
I woke up. Seriously, one of the first things that I give thanks for each morning is the very fact that I woke up to see another day. I do not take that for granted at all, and today was no different.
I have a flexible schedule that allows me to work from home at least one day/week. I appreciate being able to work in the comfort of my own home, especially on a rainy day like today that kicked off November.
I have a job that enables me to help others. There is something to be said for being able to assist and support others in need, and I am grateful that my colleagues and I are able to make a positive difference in people’s lives. That’s a good gig indeed.
I have family and friends who love me. Today, I talked with my mom and my two daughters, and I was delighted to run into an old friend while waiting to meet with another friend. They each reminded me how fortunate I am to have people who are there for me, no matter what.
So, while nothing show stopping or spectacular may have happened today, I was reminded that all of the little and ordinary things are still to be appreciated. For they all add up to create a great day and a truly rich life. Life does not have to be grandiose to be simply grand.
Just one thing each day. . .
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