The past two weeks my Timehop feed has been full of previous social media post where I’ve started each day with “A Thanks A Day” from November 1-Thanksgiving. While I love looking back at what I have been grateful for; this year I decided not to participate in the November tradition.
It’s not that I’m ungrateful or unthankful. It’s that I have realized so often I “bank” all my thanksgiving for three weeks. I started thinking about it and I have never done a “Thanks A Day” in April, or February or July. Instead I wait until November and then “deposit” everything I’m thankful for so it can be drawn upon throughout the year. I felt convicted by that. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE that our family is more aware of the season for giving thanks and we have made our kids tell us everyday something they are thankful for as we brave the car pool lines. But we’re not going to stop after Thanksgiving.
I want to live in a perpetual state of giving thanks. I want my “Thanks a Day” to be 365 days a year. My goal is to wake up every morning so deeply aware of grace, mercy, love, and forgiveness that thankfulness tumbles out of my heart and spills out mouth and into every aspect of my life. I want to make a conscience effort for thanksgiving each month just like I do during November.
As I get ready to spend an incredible week with ALL our kids and my amazing husband and my crazy family, I’m going to be thankful. And when the mundane or manic happens in my life I’m going to be thankful because I believe a thankful heart is a happy, content, and stunningly beautiful heart.
That’s so good Gena. Being thankful and celebrating every moment bc life is precious and fleeting. I love you and I love this reminder of being perpetually grateful. That keeps us from being perpetually….. pick a thing. Tired, angry, stressed, unhappy, discontent, whatever it is. Thank you friend.