Sure, it’s Thanksgiving week and we all sit around and count our lucky stars. We say what we are thankful for. More importantly though we post about what we are thankful for (thank goodness for social media) because we all know if we didn’t post it, it didn’t happen. So, I am truly looking forward to everyone’s Thanksgiving Day posts because it’s a day people actually tell people what it is they are thankful for in their lives. It’s a day they actually think about it and honor it.
My question for you though is how many other days out of the year are you counting your lucky stars? How many other days out of the year are you telling people you are thankful for them. That you are reminding yourself the things that you are thankful for and actively thankful for them in the moment? Chances are not as many times as you think.
Today (and everyday please) be actively thankful. If it’s family you’re thankful for, then please go tell them how thankful you are to have them in your life. If it’s the roof over your head, spend an entire day inside and soak in the home you have made for yourself. If it’s your car, go get a car wash. If it’s your significant other, leave them a secret love note somewhere with something sweet on it.
It’s a little easier to be actively thankful when it is tanigble items or relationships because you can do some NOW to show that you are thankful for them. However, today I am thankful for the untangible things in life. The things that are priceless and require self-reflection.
I am thankful for …
Courage. Having the ability to do things that are frightening. Like scary frightening. It reminds me that it’s okay to be scared at times because overcoming those terrifying moments in life give you a sense of strength and pride. It helps give you confidence, and walk with your head a little higher. Your heart a little more open.
Love and our ability to feel it in so many different forms. To feel it with people and things and moments. It reminds me that it’s the most powerful emotion we can feel. That it can override everything else. That when love is lost it always finds it way back in another form.
Unexpected moments. The good and the bad because they all teach us something. These moments remind us that you can’t have the good without the bad. You can’t be happy without being sad at times. That you can’t laugh without having cried. These unexpected moments keep us on our toes and remind us that no one is safe from life. From hurt, heartbreak and reality, but knowing that, knowing that no one is safe gives us a sense of comfort that we are all going to be just fine.
Laughter. The type of laughter that makes your stomach hurt and you pee yourself a little. The type of laughter that gives people this contagious smile. They have that look to them that they are truly glowing and in such a state of bliss. Laughter reminds us to take life less seriously. That we have to live our best life, always.
Connection. That type of connection that requires nothing but presence. The connection that comes from eye contact, from a vibe, from a simple touch. This connection reminds you that sometimes we talk too much. It reminds me that I am thankful for my voice but I need to allow it to rest at times.
Silence. The silence that gives you the chills because it catches you off guard. It makes you a little uncomfortable. The silence that allows you to be in the moment because it’s so precious. This type of silence that reminds us that we live in a world that is far from quiet. That we have society telling us what our every move should be. I say stop listening.
Imagination. To create the things that we wish existed. To take ourselves to the place between heaven and earth. To your safe place, wherever, whatever it is.
Time. I’m thankful for time because I am scared of it as well. I sometimes focus too much on the fact that we never truly know when our time runs out. When our clock stops ticking. So, today (and everyday) I am going to be actively thankful for this current moment because it reminds us that this is all we got. It reminds us that we’re human.
Today and in the future try everyday (not just in November during Thanksgiving) be actively thankful. Count your lucky stars and then when you have a moment to be present, thank, then give.