Have your Facebook friends been updating with “thanks” messages this month? I noticed the trend a few weeks ago, and about 20 of my friends were doing it. They even encouraged the rest of us:
Let’s see how many people can do this. Every day this month until Thanksgiving, post one thing you are Thankful for. The longer you stick with it, the harder it gets! If you choose to accept this challenge, repost this message as your Status to invite others to play along. Now, post what you are THANKFUL for! Keep the gratitude rolling all month.
As of today, there is only one person still doing this. Either they have run out of things to be grateful for (doubtful), or learning to recognize and express it is harder than they thought. I vote the latter.
Anyone who has tried to keep a gratitude journal will recognize this (my friend Debb now keeps hers online). As much as I hate to say this, it is sometimes easier to be negative or stick your head in the sand.
Part of this is because the truly good things that happen in our lives are often the result of planning and hard work, and if things are not quite where we want them to be we have no one to blame but ourselves.
The other part of this is that we are truly a rich nation, and hardship comes from not attaining the things we *want*, not the things we *need*. (When was the last time you had to worry about clean drinking water?)
My challenge to you is think of Thanksgiving as an everyday event (I feel the same way about Valentine’s Day.) When you become comfortable with gratitude, you will find that negative thoughts, people, and situations just don’t fit in your life anymore.
Happy Thanksgiving to all our US readers, and I hope you enjoy 365 more Thanksgivings this year.