I asked a preschooler, “What are you thankful for?” He said, ” I don’t know what thankful is but Thank full is better than Thank empty.”
Everyone is thankful about something, and everyone is ungrateful about something. It is up to us to draw the lines where we want to be. Anything we look at can be seen through a lens of gratefulness or ungratefulness. You can choose to be more full or more empty.
The line in the grocery store can be seen as a frustrating waste of time, or it can be seen as an opportunity to spend time in thought and be grateful for shelves so full of food.
The lack of sleep from a crying baby can be seen as wear and tear on a day and a reason to breed crabbiness, or it can be seen as a night that no one will ever get to experience in the entire world. It can be a night where a young child is loved in a way that no one else would ever love him. It is a night where the safety of a warm house, ample water and food and the dawn of a new day can bring overwhelming gratitude.
The guy who cuts you off in traffic can be seen as adjectives fingers should not type on a keyboard. He can be a cause for raised blood pressure and revenge. This same guy can be seen as a way to get your attention and be grateful you have the physical ability to maneuver a car. Many do not. Only 9% of the world’s population even owns a car, and you are one of that small privileged percentage.
This Thanksgiving as the turkey comes out dry and the kids don’t want to sit at the table or try any of the food that was prepared and your uncle makes inappropriate comments and your clean up crew is non-existent, may you find peace in seeing the tremendous fullness of your life.
- If you had to measure your thankfulness, are you more thank full or more thank empty?
- What stops you from being more thankful each day?
- What can you do to turn a seemingly bad situation into something to be grateful for?
“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” Alphonse Karr
“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” Tecumseh