But now we're on to December and if you're celebrating Christmas, that gratitude list has likely been replaced with Santa's shopping list. Even if you love the holiday season, as I do, this month can seem like an epic exercise in time management - both getting it all done, and hanging on 'til January. It may be another year before we get back to those daily gratitudes.
Sure, we all have those moments. Fine. But it occurred to me that we'd actually enjoy our time together more if we could change our attitude, so I suggested we make a gratitude list. We went back and forth, each saying aloud ten things we were grateful for. At first we were halting and unconvinced but after we'd taken a few turns, we could feel the mood begin to brighten.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
So, back to those Christmas shopping lists. This year, next to every name, I'm writing something about the person that I'm grateful for. When I find the perfect gift for them, I'm giving thanks for the means to give it. Even when we're headed home, stuck in traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike, I'm giving thanks for our hybrid vehicle, for the workers that maintain the roadway, for the family that awaits our arrival…
With gratitude, I have Thanksgiving every day.