Another Christmas has come and gone. Nearly all of our extended family lives close by, which means that we see EVERYONE over the holidays. Sometimes this means we have six Christmas celebrations in two days, no exaggeration. It’s exhilarating but exhausting. This year, our celebrations were more spread out (we still have two more in January), which worked out really nicely. We actually got to enjoy each moment rather than worrying if it was time to leave for our next destination.
It was one of the most fun Christmases we have ever had! We feel so lucky that our families live close by and that we enjoy spending time with them.
What do you feel thankful for?
Give it some thought.
Have something in mind?
Now, what if I asked that same question but told you that you can’t respond with one of these answers: God, family, friends, health, job, house, or car?
Makes it a little harder, huh?
IS there anything else?
I’ll try to spark your creative juices.
How about food to eat? Clean water to drink? The opportunity to get an education? The opportunity to see a doctor? Heating? Your beloved pets? The fact that we live in a free country, with term limits for our highest leader and elections that are relatively corruption free? The fact that women and minorities and all religions have equal rights in this country? Electricity? Refrigeration? Grocery stores? A stable upbringing? Access to computers and newspapers so we know what’s going on in the world? Your ability to see, hear, and speak? Peace in our home country? Shoes and coats and mittens to keep warm? A bed to sleep in at night?
Really, give it some serious thought. Pick one or two areas you’re thankful for that you don’t usually think about, and give thanks for it over the next couple of days. I’ll tell you why next time (cue suspenseful music)…