It is hard to believe November has arrived and winter is just around the corner. The month of November elicits cozy thoughts of warm sweaters, big Sunday dinners, toasty fires, raking leaves and watching football. Many of us also choose to celebrate our thanks on the 4th Thursday of November. However, do we really express our thanks on Thanksgiving or do we cook Turkey, eat too much food, drink too much wine, watch football and fall asleep on the couch?
Is it just me who thinks it is absurd we reserve one day a year to be thankful and even then we are more indulgent than thankful? Shouldn’t we be thankful 365 days of the year? How much time does the average person spend thinking about what they don’t have and what they don’t like about their life? So many people worry about the way they look, the car they drive, what other people think about them and whether they have designer labels, a big house or the latest cell phone. At the end of the day is that what really matters and what is most important?
I personally have spent far too much time focused on what I don’t have instead of being thankful for what I do have. I have challenged myself to acknowledge and share something I am thankful for every single day for the month of November. I challenge others to join me in this quest of daily gratitude. You can choose to share what you are thankful for over dinner with your family, over coffee with your co-workers, keep a journal or post your thanks on Facebook or Twitter. It doesn’t matter how you do it just remember to be thankful.
I am thankful for my wonderful children, my amazing partner, my loving family, my true friends, my good health, my cozy home, the community I live in, my fulfilling job, my financial security, the food on my table, the clothes on my back and my freedom. The list goes on and on and I look forward to remembering and honoring all the many things I am truly thankful for. I have a feeling this exercise will not end with November and will become a satisfying ritual in my everyday going forward. I hope you will join me. What are you thankful for?