Be Thankful

thankfulThanksgiving is this Thursday. Since Christmas has taken over November you could be excused if you didn’t notice. I like Thanksgiving. It’s not my favorite holiday (that would be Halloween), but it’s nice to have a holiday with family that doesn’t involve the stress of presents. The history of Thanksgiving can get sticky, so I like to think of what Thanksgiving has become, not what it was.

Thanksgiving is a day of giving thanks. If we all focus on that I think the fourth Thursday of November could become the happiest day of the year. No matter who you are there is something to be thankful for, even if it’s nothing more than the ability to give thanks.

So let’s all give thanks. Make a list of ten things that make you thankful. If you don’t want to read it out loud at the dining table I don’t blame you, but perhaps you could write it down and hang it somewhere. Have everyone coming to your house make their thankful list and hang them all together. Then people can read them if they want to.

Here’s my list:

10 Things Jennifer is Thankful For (in no particular order)

  1. My husband, who keeps the house warm and watches bad movies with me (it must be love)
  2. My friends, who hang out with me even though I’m weird
  3. My house (the pink palace) that is the perfect size for me
  4. My family. who supports me, no matter what
  5. The library that feeds my book habit
  6. The internet, which allows me to learn, to laugh, and to keep in touch with friends and family
  7. My health, which I don’t respect enough, but allows me to follow my dreams
  8. The planet that gives me a place to live and new places to visit
  9. The universe that fills me with wonder and questions
  10. Life, that I don’t take for granted. I love waking up every morning.

There is my list. I’d love to see yours. Feel free to post it in the comments. Don’t worry. No one will judge it. Anyone can be thankful for anything and it’s not a place for criticism. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’m thankful that you read my blog.

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.”  – Henry David Thoreau