Confession, I’ve actually missed my Thankful Thursday posts. They provided me a moment each week to reflect on the time I’ve been given on this earth. Someone asked me recently if it was tough for me to find “something” to be thankful for each week. I smiled. Not in a crappy way though. More in an “hmph” – thought provoking way. Because, I actually think that’s a fair question. It seems like most folks don’t feel the smaller things in life should garner much attention. I think they believe you should reserve your thankfulness for the big ticket items. But I tend to disagree.
If I take a look back at just the past six months, I have several big ticket items to be thankful/grateful. But what about all those small moments? Those intricate little details that usually get glossed over. You know the ones, the thank you’s, the smiles, the bear hugs, the gentle touches, the out of the blue text messages or phone calls, the cards in the mail, the random facebook friend connection with a friend from elementary school, the laughter – all of it. I could go on forever. But those…I can’t allow myself to forget them, even though it’s so easy to do. I can’t allow myself to forget to be thankful for the little moments. These small moments are what allow me to keep going. And not just in “same stuff, different day” mode. But from an emotional and physical standpoint. Without these, I don’t know that any of us can live, like truly live. Let alone live a thankful existence.
Which may lead you to think “what does she mean by thankful existence?” To me, if we aren’t thankful for this life we have been given, what’s the point? If you don’t look around each day in absolute wonder, you should. Do something for me. Get up, stop looking at your phone, and go stand outside. I don’t even care if it is raining or cold. Go stand outside for two solid minutes. Look around you, look up, look down, and close your eyes. Listen. Take deep breaths. Smell. I’ll wait for you…Go!
What did you hear? What did you see? What did you smell? Did you focus on the bad or on the good? Did you feel the radiant warmth of sunshine on your face? Did a drop of rain run down your forehead? Did a bird sing? Did the wind blow? Did the sound of an ambulance whirl from afar? Are the grass and trees so green you’d think someone poured a bucket of paint on them? Was there a weed growing out of a crack in the concrete? Did a dog bark in the distance? Did you catch a whiff of hot coals on a barbecue? Those things. All of those things. So small, yet so large. So miniscule, yet so amazing. The sun. The clouds. The trees. The breeze. The warmth. The cold. The rain. The sounds. All of it. All of those things. How can you not look to the sky and think “My God, it’s all so beautiful.” even if you would usually think “Ugggh another building, more concrete, an annoying dog…”
Now couple that with my neighbor gently touching my shoulder and saying “Thanks for this.” Or the house filling with my daughter laughing hysterically at herself in her crib. My husband walking in the door with a smile so genuine the house could catch fire from its glow. A text from my sister melting my heart that says “I love you. That’s all.” The gentle flutters in my stomach from a child for which I have prayed. How can I not be so thankful for all of this? How can my heart not swell with genuine gratitude? How can I not live a thankful existence? No matter how crappy my day, my week, my month. Sh!t my year. There’s still so much to sit back and be thankful for. That applies to you as well. Yes you, the one reading this. Which is why this week I chose 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. It is my friends, it truly is. And I am so thankful, so so thankful for all my circumstances – the good and the bad. I wouldn’t learn, grow, be who I am without them, nor would you. There’s beauty in the disasters and in the pure, I promise.
What about you? What are you thankful for this week?