by Lee Hull Moses
It seems to be a thing these days, tucked in between Halloween and the crush of Christmas: it’s Gratitude Season. I don’t mean the Thanksgiving holiday, though I suppose that’s the reason for it. I mean the season when we post our “daily gratitude” on social media, or we challenge ourselves to “30 days of thanks.”
I tend to think gratitude is something we ought to do every day, not just for the 30 days before we stuff ourselves with turkey. But anything that gets us to stop and give thanks – be it in February, June, or November – is fine by me.
Last Sunday evening, we handed out these gratitude calendars to all our families. We’ve used it every day at home so far — it’s a quick, easy practice that gets you thinking about what you’re grateful for, and the questions are intriguing enough to inspire answers beyond the usual big three: food, family, friends. Plus, it’s simple enough that if you miss a day or two, it’s easy to catch up.
Here are my answers so far:
November 1: A memory I’m thankful for: The trip the four of us took to the beach a couple of years ago, getting up early enough to watch the sunrise and playing cards before breakfast.
November 2: A color I am thankful for: Deep red, the kind that makes me think of earthy clay.
November 3: A freedom I’m thankful for: The freedom to vote. (That one was easy to asnwer this week.
November 4: A taste or food I am thankful for: Midnight Caramel River ice cream from Ozzie’s. Also, asiago cheese. (Not together. Yuck.)
November 5: A song I am thankful for: Johnny Appleseed, which I have been singing before dinner my whole entire life. It always reminds me of how good God is.
November 6: A place I’m thankful for: My parents’ house, where I’ve never actually lived, but it still feels like home.
Today’s prompt is A gift I’m thankful for. I’m still pondering that one. There are so many to choose from.
It’s not too late to join in. Use it at home or at work. Keep it in the car to ponder on your commute or use it as a journal prompt before bed. Post it to social media, or keep it to yourself.
May this gratitude season be full of abundance and full of thanks.