at our throats here again. I have mixed feelings about big holidays in general. They are a lot of work that I don’t particularly enjoy, and unrealistic expectations can lead to big disappointments. They are also really difficult for people who are grieving or alone.
Having said that, I do believe it’s important to remember everything we have to thankful for.
Clearly, gratitude is one of the keys to a wonderful life. Epictetus said “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”
I don’t think it’s wise to save gratitude for one day a year. People who aren’t grateful tend to be the complainers. You know who they are, we all run into them all the time. Traffic is terrible, everyone is stupid, and they deserve better, blah blah blah. They focus on the negative to the exclusion of everything else. These are people who have cars, phones, flush toilets, plenty to eat, a cozy bed in a home that is safe from the elements. Many people all over the world would trade lives with them in a heartbeat given a chance. And yet, they have no gratitude and drop their nonsense all over everyone else.
A little gratitude might turn a life like this into one great big juicy joyfest. That’s how I want to live and even though I sometimes forget and join the complainer’s club, when I notice what I’m doing I drop that behavior and get right back into the habit of gratitude.
Every morning in my journal I list three things I’m grateful for in that moment. Today’s were a book I’m reading, Mondays (I like the feeling of a new start in a week that isn’t all jacked up yet), and reading glasses. As you see I try to be grateful for small and practical things as well as huge, abstract things.
One thing I’m always grateful for is my Etsy shop, which makes it so easy to offer my lovely knits and supplies for fiber artists. So many wonderful people have purchased from something from me. Last week I received an email from someone who said she feels like a queen when she wears the angora scarf I knit for her. That really made my day! And it made me realize how many lovely people I’ve met online and in person through my business. Something to be very grateful for indeed!
I’m grateful to everyone who takes a few minutes to read my blog a couple of times a week. Wishing all my readers a very happy Thanksgiving, may we all remember to be grateful, not just on one Thursday in November, but every day.