Things We’re Really Thankful for

Things We’re Really Thankful for

Gratitude doesn’t have to be some grand, complex thing. It can be little, everyday moments.

It seems every year we’re surprised when fall rolls around. What happened to summer? And by the time we adjust to new weather and new routines, Thanksgiving looms and reminds us, “Yeah, we have a LOT to do!”

And then we shrug it off for a week or so, until the middle of November whispers to us – just a little sweeter, but a little bolder – “Get your act together. You’ve got stuff to do! What’s your plan?”

And then we’re so busy prepping and cooking and cleaning and decorating that we forget what it’s really about. We stare at a fridge full of food to be prepared, at walls covered in hand turkeys, and we wonder what we’re doing.

What are we even thankful for? What were we thankful for last year? Can we even remember? Was it anything other than the usual friends and family, food and shelter, health and happiness?


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Make this year a little different. Gratitude doesn’t have to be grandiose. It’s time to capture those little things that make all the difference in a day – the things that go unrecognized, unnoticed and un-thanked.

  • Babies sleeping through the night, toddlers getting potty trained, children finally communicating what they need with full words instead of grunts and gestures
  • Lazy days. Sure, it wasn’t great that the kids were sick, but it did mean you got to stay home with them and cuddle all day binging on TV shows
  • The coffee shop around the corner opened a drive-thru
  • Your best friend took all three kids for an afternoon last week so you could grocery shop in peace
  • Being able to sometimes say “no” – no to too many parties or too many demands or too many chores
  • Deciding to go with a New Year’s Eve card this year (instead of a more traditional holiday one) to give yourself a little extra time

Start keeping a list. Hang it right next to the handmade paper turkey on the fridge. And capture all those little things you’re truly grateful for.

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