Monday, November 14, 2011

A New Twist on Giving Thanks

As I think about this Thanksgiving season, I realize not much time is spent on giving thanks for all that hasn’t happened. In an attempt to focus on the true meaning of the holidays we often spend time thinking about all that we have, as well as all of the good things that have happened in our lives. We look at just how grateful we are to be blessed with family and friends, looking away from the material things and focusing on what life is really about.  I think this is great, and a definite step in the right direction.  Here’s a new twist.  Do you really pay attention to all of the things that could have happened?  I don’t mean dwelling on the negative, or the “what-ifs”.  I’m not asking you to worry or stress about what could happen, but instead paying attention to the close calls and giving thanks for the outcome.  Take a moment to soak up the little things: clean air to breathe, a coat to keep you warm, shoes on your feet.  Help your child to learn the real meaning of being thankful, to feel it, to recognize and appreciate it.  I am thankful for every minute I have with my children, just living life and soaking up the little moments.  I give thanks and try with all of my heart to savor every sight and sound. It saddens me at times to think I won’t remember every detail of raising my children, but I know I will have relished in every moment spent with them.  Good or bad, life is filled with moments that make us who we are and give us the opportunity to strive for who we want to become.