Not long ago, there was this thing going around on Facebook where people had to list 5 things they were thankful for, every day for a week. I quite enjoyed reading people’s lists; including some who usually don’t “talk” that much, who gave wonderful descriptions with each of them. I wonder if anyone got tired of having to do that, or if one could get tired of it supposing they had to do it every-every day. Maybe it would be easy enough if you only had to think about it.
That exercise is precisely what a counselor will suggest to you, if you ever have the need of seeing a counselor. Because even if things seem to be going wrong all around you, there are still things to be thankful for, if you look hard enough.
Another aspect of thankfulness is being thankful TO someone. How often do you appreciate what someone has done, but forget to thank them? I heard on the radio how someone is trying to get people to “thank a farmer”, even providing a phone number to call. Fitting of course, for harvest time, and also because so many farmers seem to be “giving up” these days.
From Farming to Technology: what I’m thankful for these days, is all this new lighting. The bulbs over my kitchen sink were not very bright before, so now, every time I turn them on, I’ve been exclaiming how much I love the new LEDs! And we love how Ottawa hydro is promoting them with big savings & coupons, and how the CFLs are now brighter and better (they turn on right away, without a flicker), and how the long-term savings are HUGE:
One more thing I’m thankful for, is the fact that God’s Family is God’s Family, wherever you go–we enjoyed meeting our new small group last night.
“You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.” (James 3:18)
Including the dignity of saying thank you? The hard work of cooking Thanksgiving Dinner? The honour of accepting the invitation?