Today was a great day. A day spent eating leftover turkey and stuffing, enjoying some beautiful fall weather, and both reflecting on and vocalizing all the reasons that I’m grateful.
All of this got me thinking. Why is it that we need a special day, once a year, to reflect on how grateful we are for the lives we enjoy? Is it that we only vocalize our gratefulness on this day through Facebook, Twitter, and to friends and family? Or is it that we really only reflect, once a year in the middle of October, how grateful we are to be us?
Perhaps it’s a bit of both. But in the spirit of October being my Harperness month of celebration, I thought it was a good chance for me to reinforce how important I think it is to make every day Thanksgiving. And not because of the food – my wasitline couldn’t survive it. But because every day should be a day to wake up, count our blessings, and be grateful for all that we have and for those who share our lives with us.
I’m grateful for so much. This year, and every year. I’m grateful for the love of a great man, the loyalty of a beautiful cat, and the undying support of incredible friends. I’m grateful that my family is my family; I’m thankful for everything about every single one of them. I’m grateful that every morning I am lucky/blessed/fortunate enough to wake up in a safe, warm place. I’m grateful that I have a job to go to, each and every day. I’m grateful that I have my health, and that I have food on my table and water in my cup. And I’m grateful that I have enough hope, every single day, to believe that I will have another chance to be grateful all over again.
Isn’t it always true – it could always be worse. And I think of one of my prior posts where I spoke about not saying ‘I have to’ but choosing to say ‘I get to’. This ties exactly into that sentiment – it’s important that I remember how grateful I am that things are not worse; that things are the way they are. I need to remind myself that I’m even grateful for the challenges I have – they represent opportunities to keep growing, moving forward, learning new things, and accomplishing victories on my road of life.
So today, on this special day once a year in October, I’m thankful that I’ve been reminded once again how important it is to make each and every day a day of giving thanks; a day of both reflection and vocalization of how grateful I am for what I have, who I know, and where I spend my time.
We never know which day might be our last – so every day should be Thanksgiving.