On the Eve of Thanksgiving

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. ~ Cynthia Ozick

Sometimes I think I spend a good deal of my time living on the eve of one thing or another. Just this side of being a better person. Just this close to remembering my multiplication tables. Finishing a to-do list only to find more items to add to it. If I’m not careful, I even find myself on the eve of thanksgiving – getting close but not quite close enough.

On the Living Better Stories blog, Jeremy Statton recently wrote about being grateful for what we already have:

Anyone can be grateful when life is good. But true gratitude isn’t based on whether or not we get what we want. Thanksgiving is about gratitude for what we already have, especially when it isn’t exactly what we want….

I’m not suggesting that you don’t desire change for your life. Living a better story is all about choosing something better. But I am suggesting that in that desire, you can also be grateful for what you already have.

If you don’t see the value in what you have and who you are right now, you are missing out on right now.

I have to take the time every morning, before diving into the busyness of life, to be mindful of my blessings and set myself on a thankful path. When I start out this way, I notice things throughout the day to be grateful for. And when I skip this important first step, it seems my day is less productive, my mind is muddled, and my heart heavy.

None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy. ~ Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving celebration and stay on a thankful path today and everyday.


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