Am I the only one that thinks we should stop being busy and start being thankful?
Amidst all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it can be easy for me to forget about being thankful. After all, stores like Hobby Lobby have had their Christmas displays out since July, skipping over Thanksgiving and proceeding right to Black Friday.
We get caught up in being “busy” but we really need to get busy being thankful.
So, this year, I am going to make a “thankful list.” If you’re an achiever type of personality, or one who likes to make lists, this is a fantastic exercise. If you’re more abstract and circular with your thoughts, perhaps you could draw a thankful tree, or a circle of thankfulness. The point is to get your pen on paper and connect you heart with your hand.
Grab one of your favorite notebooks, take a few minutes and jot down some people/ places/ things/ that you are thankful for. And since we typically stay in the boundaries we’re comfortable with (friends, family, home, etc) here are a few other “thankful” items to consider:
What experiences have you been through this year that you’re thankful for? Which ones were you NOT thankful for when you were in the middle of them, but you’re now thankful for the strength and perspective the storm provided. Perhaps you experienced the birth of a child, or the growth of a company, or simply the serene landscape of the sun setting over the Atlantic Ocean. Don’t forget powerful experiences in the scope of your thankfulness.
Can you walk 4 blocks without getting winded? Great! Write it down. Did you run a marathon? Fantastic! Did your kids adopt healthier eating habits in 2013? Outstanding. When we think of health, we typically lump it into one category, such as, “I’m healthy” or “My cholesterol is low.” But we stop short of acknowledging all that our body is capable of, the places it’s taken us, the goals it has helped us accomplish. Think big on this one!
You know the saying, “You don’t know good until it’s gone?” While most people think that applies in a partner type of relationship, the same can be true of a trusted banker, financial advisor, mechanic, chef, and more. Think about your hairstylist – she knows what you like and don’t like, and when she says, “let’s try something new,” she’s so good that you trust her to do whatever she wants and it looks great! Those things are easy to take for granted, so take a few minutes to be thankful for people you trust that make your life easier (and your hair beautiful)! And, you know we’d eventually plug this in, but consider getting a special vintage necklace or bracelet for each of these people to let them know how much you appreciate them!
4) The Little Things.
Life is made up of a bunch of little moments, that create experiences and seasons within our life. But those little things are easily overlooked, due to the pace of our schedules and the hectic lifestyle that dominates our culture. Don’t forget to remember the barista who always greets you with a smile; the husband who starts your car for you on those harsh winter days; the neighbor who takes care of your dog when you’re out of town; the dog who greets you when you’re had a bad day. How many little things make up your day? Call them out, and be thankful.
Now, get started . . .
There are no right or wrong answers. Once you have the list (or drawing) created, leave it out somewhere that you can see it. Add a few more things or just read over your list for a reminder.
What are you thankful for? Let us know. We’d love to help you spread the gratitude.