30 Days of Thanksgiving

30 Days of Thanksgiving

 

I once read a quote which stated “What if you woke up today with only what you thanked God for last night”. As I pondered on this I realized how “ungrateful” I was without even knowing it.

I spend a lot of my free time in the mountains; enjoying that view from a beautiful mountain top, taking the opportunity to work my muscles on a never ending trail, giving my mind a chance to wander or reflect, breathing in crisp clean air, seeing amazing animals living unkept lives…wild and free. Living in Montana, these little blessings are always readily available. Often times the most effort you need to put into achieving their benefit is simply getting in your car and making the 10 minute drive to the trail head. It is one of my greatest joys but until I read that quote did I realize that I took for granted something as simple as the nature around me. I have always lived somewhere where the mountains/nature were available to me. So I had to ask myself, what if they weren’t? What if this simple joy in my life was no longer available to me? How different would my life be?

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

-Melody Beattie

We live in a time where everything is so readily available to us. We can get almost anything we want in the blink of an eye. You need that last minute item to be able to cook that family favorite meal? You go to the grocery store, no need to wait for the garden to grow. You need a new shirt? Head on over to your favorite retailer and pick one up, no need to wait for mom to sew you a new one. You love the song you are listening to on the radio? In a matter of seconds you can have it downloaded into your favorite playlist. You have to make it to school, work or an activity by a certain time and it is on the other side of town? Jump on the bus, take your car, ride your bike, call for a ride. No need to saddle up that old nag in the back pasture (who, let’s be honest, is gonna give you one heck of a run around before you get him caught) and ride him into town. So many conveniences in life! Are we truly thankful for them? I know I am guilty of taking them for granted mostly because they have always been accessible in my life. I’ve been fortunate enough to never have gone without. That doesn’t give me the right to be any less grateful for them.

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”

-Tecumseh

What a great medicine it is to be thankful! To truly acknowledge all of the things in your life, great or small, that bless it every day. That smell that uplifts you, that sound that touches your soul, that view that brings a smile to your face, that every day item of convenience that you can’t imagine living without, that person that helps bare your burdens, that purpose you wake up for. These things are in our lives every day which make them routine or of little significance in a way; you don’t think twice about them. But ask yourself, what if you woke up one morning and they were no longer present in your life because you were not thankful for them yesterday?

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

-Melody Beattie

Here is a challenge for you, for the next 30 days think of something you are thankful/grateful for. Post it on your social media, tell a friend or family member (ask them in return what they are thankful/grateful for), or write it down in a journal. Look at all you have been blessed with and make a mental note to be grateful for what you have and the opportunities you get to experience.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

-William Arthur Ward



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