I’m sure I’m not the only one. I need constant reminders that I have much for which to be thankful. I get bogged down in the details of “life” and begin to think that thanks are just too hard. I forget to pay attention to the world around me. Just now, as I am writing, I glanced out the window to watch a couple of squirrels play chase with each other down by the pond. It’s been a very quiet day. This little scene of animals playing chase brought a smile to me.
I am constantly reminded that I am to give thanks and to rejoice in all circumstances. Thank goodness, I am not called to give thanks for those circumstances. I just need to give thanks and to be joyful in those circumstances. I know you’ve seen the Facebook meme that reminds of us that because we woke up in a bed, have a job to go to, have food in the refrigerator to put on our tables, among other “creature comforts,” we are richer than the majority of people on earth. I need to remind myself of that when I don’t have the very thing I think I want.
So, with those thoughts in mind, I’m going to revive my Thankful Thursdays at least through the end of November.
I am thankful for this week of quietness and less busy-ness, for time to read and write, to work with photographs, to walk around the ponds, to play the piano.
I am thankful for “home,” wherever that happens to be at the moment—the the place where I have resided for the last 32 years, for the place where I grew up, for the people who inhabit these places.
I am thankful that I live in a nation where I can express my opinion openly and freely without fear of retaliation, imprisonment, or even death. Not all of the world’s citizens are so lucky.