OMG, here it is almost a week after Thanksgiving and I am still stuffed. It wasn’t all the bird’s fault either. We went out for supper at a local Mexican place and well, their shrimp taco salad (Washed down by a decent Margarita) was really good, then my R has cooked several delicious meals, and at work I had a fabulous portobella/goat cheese panini. And so, I am still stuffed, like our Thanksgiving turkey.
I am also stuffed with thankfulness. Normally, I don’t save all my “thanks” for one day out of the year, or rather for being thankful only one day. I try to find something each day for which to be thankful and I try really hard to be specific. It’s easy to be thankful for my family, or my friends, or my blessings, or may abundance. It’s harder to find one definitive thing to be thankful for each day and make it different each day.
For example, today I was thankful that I drove home before it got dark. I hate to drive at dusk when the chances of hitting a deer are exponentially greater. Yesterday, I was thankful for Cyber Monday and all the great discounts and bargains I got. The day before that I was thankful that I got to sleep in for the first time in a week. On Friday, I was thankful that the traffic was light as we drove home from Massachusetts. See what I mean?
Sometimes I’m thankful for really tiny weeny things like how great it is to have great smelling shampoo for my hair or that my computer booted faster than normal. Today I was even thankful that my glass of wine was just the perfect temperature. I can also be thankful that someone is home and answers the call when I call. After all, with caller ID they could just ignore my call. There are just so many itsy-bitsy things to be thankful for in this world.
Today a very young woman came into the church office seeking help. She had been staying with a friend who beat her up over the weekend and she was now homeless, without money, and hungry. I wanted to adopt her on the spot, but that is unrealistic as I would have to build a sizable building for all those poor souls I would like to adopt. Rather, people like that make me realize that I have huge, huge reasons to be thankful. Huge like an income, huge like a home, huge like living with someone who doesn’t beat me up, huge like having a family that loves me and to which I could turn in time of need.
Yes, there are so many things for which to be thankful. I pray that I never pass a day without giving thanks for a teeny-weeny thing and a huge things. For by comparison to many of the suffering in this world, I am a very blessed and wealthy woman. I hope that you are too.