Bear with me, this is something I’m hashing out in real time, so I don’t have it all polished and pretty. In fact, this writing is primarily intended for myself in order to work through my thoughts.
At Thanksgiving we pause to profess gratitude, often for things we take for granted on an ordinary basis. It’s a beautiful practice, especially before a giving (and receiving) season, to appreciate what we have. But…
Is there more?
Should there be more?
What if we take this day of thankfulness and soup it up, put wheels on it, and take it out for a drive?
For example: “I’m thankful for my healthy body.” What is the logical way to enact that thankfulness? A conscientious diet? Giving up a vice? Committing to exercise?
Or “I am thankful for my spouse.” But are you acting like it? Would your spouse say they feel appreciated? Do you thank them for their contribution to your home and family? Do you show them how much you value them?
What about your house? Your children?
Looking at myself, I suspect that my gratitude can often be superficial, just lip service, something to check off my list of things to do before digging into a glorious feast and then turning around and griping about the dishes.
I know that mindfulness and intentionality are buzz words that we hear too often, we slap the word authentic on something to make it look like we mean it, but do we? Are we fleshing out our gratitude and walking a thankful life every day? Are we even pausing to do that with sincerity for this one day a year?
It seems that I have more questions than answers, I’m afraid. But I can’t help but notice that even though I have more than I could ever need, I still crave more and more. And I’m not alone. I want to at least slow down this runaway train instead of just shrugging my shoulders because I’m not the engineer.
I guess what I’m saying is that I want to live out my blessings. I want my spouse to know what he means to me, and my kids to feel valued. I want to recognize the great fortune of having a home that stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer and a luxurious bed to sleep in. I want to live and breathe and eat and sleep gratefulness for each advantage I enjoy each day.
And then, (and I think this is the real key to happiness) I want to share it.