Fall 2011 - Giving Thanks for What We Already Have
Recently my husband and I were fortunate enough to be able to buy a home. Once we moved in and unpacked, do you know what we did next? Well, I can tell you that we didn't walk from room to room telling each other what we loved about each one, how we loved the light, the flooring, the closet/cabinet storage, and how our things brought the rooms to life. No. Rather,we started making lists of all the things we didn't like and wanted to change. What??? In our brand new house? Yes, I am embarrassed to say that all I could see was what I didn't like and the things I wanted to change instead of being grateful to have the home in the first place!
This got me thinking about gratitude in general. Doesn't it sometimes feel as if saying 'thank you' is becoming a lost art and that we don't seem to be feeling or expressing our gratitude for the many blessings we have? It's so easy to complain about what's lacking rather than celebrate what we have. Yet showing our appreciation for someone or something, being grateful for our blessings, and not being stingy with our thanks can literally change our lives.
It can be especially hard to count blessings during tough financial times. We have to dig a little deeper to find the less obvious, less materialistic things to be thankful for. This holiday season I hope we all can take a step back and a deep breath and allow ourselves to feel grateful for things like the love of our families, whatever good health we have, food on our tables, laughter, the unconditional love of our pets, and our ability to choose to express appreciation for it all!