It’s here- it’s almost Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is just one of my absolute favorite holidays. I love the feelings of gratitude and love that fill the air. I also can’t really complain about the food if we’re being honest. 😉 I’m ready to hit the road here in a couple days and see my family that I haven’t seen in months.
Since Thanksgiving is a few short days away, I thought I would dedicate my blog this week to giving thanks. I feel like we as a society aren’t as thankful as we should be. Instead of always being grateful for what we have, we want more. Today, I taught a lesson to my middle school kids on thankfulness, and some of their answers to my questions were a little shocking. When I asked who had expressed gratitude to someone today, most kids didn’t raise their hand. However, when I asked who amongst the group had started their Christmas list, every single kid had their hand raised. We discussed how important it is to find the joy and thankfulness in every situation we are presented. There is just so much to be thankful for; we can’t let the good parts not be recognized.
So, today’s blog post is centered around being thankful for the little things. Those tiny, minuscule moments or objects that don’t seem like much but are actually huge. For instance, I’m thankful for the invention of YouTube. I just spent the past 2.5 hours (yikes) watching YouTube videos in bed. I laughed, I cried; it was a jolly good time. This small act took a sort of crummy evening and completely turned it around- so much that I almost forgot to post this blog. We all have those little moments that remind us how much we have to be thankful for. Whether you’re thankful for Netflix or for heated blankets, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is how you express that feeling. Realize that you’re blessed and privileged to have luxuries (like the internet and cellular device that power my YouTube app) and seriously think about it. Ruminate in that feeling. There are so many out there who don’t have what you do, yet you are always wanting more.
To really express my gratitude for the little things in life, I have put together a compilation of some of my favorite things. I am thankful for:
- Cardigans (Future teacher alert)
- One Direction
- Dr. Pepper
- Free online shipping
- The Vampire Diaries
- Fuzzy blankets
- Good movies
- YouTube videos
- YouTube videos of Benedict Cumberbatch/Chris Evans/Chris Pine/Chris Hemsworth (because, I mean… c’mon)
- Oversized sweaters
- Christmas lights
- Middle Schoolers’ wit
- Fuzzy socks
- New Girl
- Bath and Body Works
- My bed
- Car iPod/iPhone adapters (so I can really get my One Direction blaring)
- Sharpie Fine Point pens
- Ponytail holders
- Marvel movies (Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston- need I say more?)
- Gilmore Girls (the reboot is ALMOST HERE. AHHHH)
- My iPhone
- Fanny packs
- Dancing in the rain
This list is not at all exhaustive; I could add to it for days. But how often do I actually take a moment to think about all that I have? Not frequently enough, I can tell you that.
But that’s what Thanksgiving is all about: realizing how much we have to truly be thankful for and celebrating that fact. So, what are you thankful for this week? Share it!