I know it’s early, but I’m ready to talk about Thanksgiving. Sharing gratitude. Being full of thanks.
Especially since it’s cold and officially Fall in Utah.
I personally get a little weepy every Thanksgiving, so full am I of thanks for everything in my life. I have healthy children, a wonderful husband, I live in a safe community with people I love, I have more friends than I can count, I love what I do for a living. I’m grateful for all of you, who continue to show up every day to listen to me blather.
My children live a lovely life, they just don’t know it. So every Thanksgiving I go out of my way to create teaching moments wherein they think about others and attempt to vocalize their feelings of gratitude.
Every year we create little slips of paper throughout the month of November, writing on them whenever inspiration strikes, sharing our gratitude with the family. Last year I created a Gratitude Tree for the mantle: leaves with bits of written gratitude, tied to a branch. Every so often the kids would grab a leaf, write what they were grateful for, and tie it to the gratitude tree.
The thing I most want to impart to my children is that their gratitude doesn’t have to be for world-changing, meteoric things. I repeatedly list my gratitude for hot showers and pebble ice, heating pads and modern medicine, diet Dr Pepper and airplanes. I want my children to start small, with things that are tangible and real to them, and work toward larger gratitude and selflessness.
— What works for you? Do you have any amazing traditions I should be incorporating into my life? Things that help you and yours to appreciate everything around you? Please to be telling. —
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