In the spirit of Thanksgiving, this month several of my friends have been posting daily gratitude lists on Facebook. Some of them have been cute, some more heartfelt, but they’re all genuine, and they all serve to remind the post-ers and everyone who reads them that we have SO MUCH to be thankful for. Even when we’re not feeling particularly happy about the way things are going at the time, which is kind of where I am right now. I won’t go into all the details, but, among other things, some professional efforts haven’t worked out the way I’d hoped, and several close friends are going through truly difficult times and my heart aches for them. Plus, my foot is still giving me trouble, which means running is out of the question for the foreseeable future, and probably until next spring. That means I’ve lost my main source of stress relief and internal processing/talking with God time, so every few days I feel like I’m going to crawl out of my skin. A girl can only bake so many cookies (my backup stress reliever) before that becomes its own problem. It’s going to be a long winter.
But on Saturday night I met with a group of dear friends, and someone tossed out this verse from the Bible that talks about a sacrifice of thanksgiving (Psalm 50:23). I’ve been mulling over that ever since—sometimes it really does feel like a sacrifice to find things to be thankful for in the midst of everything that’s going wrong. It’s hard, and it’s absolutely what I don’t want to be doing right now. But it’s also a game-changer. That shift in perspective helps me see what’s possible instead of feeling trapped in what is. So here is my (partial) gratitude list.
I’m thankful for:
A husband who, even in the midst of his own stress and frustration, takes the time to ask questions and listen to me. I’m not the easiest person to draw out, and I am so thankful for his patience and persistence. It’s so clear that he is on my side.
The opportunity to read a lot of good books (third on my list of stress relievers). The power of good storytelling never fails to amaze me.
Thanksgiving plans with awesome friends who are like family.
Pecan pie, which I only ever make for Thanksgiving dinner. With the way this fall has gone, I might make two this year.
The Hunger Games trailer. I’m seriously looking forward to this movie.
My dog, Sam, who likes to curl up in my lap.
A good cry.
What are you thankful for?