Growing up, my mom was notorious for thinking some of the the most random things. I remember specifically when one day we were driving in the car on a road trip from Tucson to Flagstaff. No one had been talking for a good 30 minutes or so. We were all just relaxing and enjoying the drive. Then, out of no where, my mom comes out to say "I am just SO thankful that I have a jacket and am warm." Nothing more. Just that random statement of thankfulness. There was no one around who could have made her think of it, no homeless man on the side of the road, no houses that were under construction. Just one of those random comments I always chuckled to myself about. After all of those years of random statements it hit me that regardless of the randomness, my mom was just thankful for the little things and didn't mind saying it out loud. I admire her for that. She stands up loud and proud and will tell the world that she is thankful. She is continually grateful for the people around her. Year Round. It's not just a Fall/Christmas event for her. Thankfulness is a daily thing.
I probably don't do as great of a job as I would hope to do with voicing my gratefulness. I do, however, try because gosh darnit we have been given a BEAUTIFUL life here on earth, in America, and in our homes. I hate to get caught up in the daily mess of being busy but sometimes I definitely loose my way in the muck just like everyone else. All of this to say, I know it's THAT time of year to be thankful but really though... If you have a whole month of being reminded to be thankful can that lead us to a year of thankfulness? Yep, I said it, an entire YEAR of thankfulness! Just a thought. An idea. A hope. Maybe one that would lead to a LIFETIME of thankfulness. That's my goal.
Fall is, in my opinion, the best season of the year to begin with. I usually attribute that to the fact that I can finally wear my tall boots and colorful scarves and if you know anything about me, I LOVE my boots! I guess I also kind of love it because for whatever reason the cold air brings a chance to cuddle up with my husband, a reason to light ALL of the candles in our house, and an extra special reason to drive thru Starbuck's just to get a warm Chai in a holiday red cup.
Here are a few more reasons why I am thankful. What are yours? Who makes you a better person? What makes your life a little better? Where do you go to for refuge?
- My Family. It's probably the first thing on most people's list. But here's why mine may be a little different. Family isn't just blood. Family isn't just a name. Family isn't just someone you see once a year. Family includes the people who make you a better person. Who are there through the messy, dirty, scary days and then will cheer your name the loudest on the best days. Family CHOOSES to be an important part of your life. They walk with you through anything. My family is obviously my adoring husband, cheerful mom, hardworking dad, amazing/wonderful/couldn't-be-better sisters, and my make-me-laugh-harder-than-anyone niece and nephew. But it's also my best friends from college who have been there and will ALWAYS be there, the handful of friends and family members who REALLY know my heart (you know who you are!!!). Family is more than blood. It will always be about love. My life would be REALLY boring without all of them and it'd be FAR less fun :)
- Jesus. There aren't ever enough words to tell people about how I have been taken care of by my Lord and Savior. There just aren't. I may worry, but I always know that a bigger God has me in the palm of his hand and he is interested in ME. He wants me to succeed. He wants to see me grow. He takes care of me when I think I am "doing it all by my self". That's what dad's do right? They guide you along and help you. They help you do it yourself for the first time, when in reality they were holding the back of the bicycle the whole time. My life is infinitely better with God in it. There was a day (or many in fact) when I wasn't quite sure that God existed. Well, I can now say for a FACT that without a trace of doubt that looking at the world around me every day is proof enough.
- As my mom says "I'm thankful for my jacket and being warm". My home, our heater, candles, blankets, my boots :), clothes. We all live such fortunate lives, and to be thankful for even the small things is important.
- Passion. I am thankful that God has given me talents that are many. They may be as small as I'm great at making a bowl of Ramen soup! All the same though, I do live a life where I am able to do what I love and share that gift. I think that's what God' purpose is for us. To share our love and passions with the world.
- Technology. I think it speaks for itself. But technology allows me to communicate so much more frequently than I could ever hope for with the people I love most. And not to mention the pretty pictures I can edit on here :)
- The list goes on and on and on....
So what are you thankful for today? Would you take a challenge to be Thankful for 1 thing EVERY DAY for the next year?! How would you execute that?!
I hope you all have many fun times with friends and family this holiday season! Don't forget to "be thankful for your jacket!"