"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." ~ Melodie Beattie
My American Heritage Dictionary defines gratitude as "the state of being grateful; thankfulness." Synonyms offered in Roget's Thesaurus include: thankfulness, thanks, gratefulness, appreciation, and thanksgiving.
Even as a retired elementary teacher, when one month is ending and charging toward the next, I'm already thinking ahead. November just began and visions of thanksgiving are dancing in my head. However, I am not thinking about Thanksgiving dinner yet. What I am thinking about is gratitude and being thankful, i.e., thanksgiving.
In October I signed up for "The Gratitude Challenge" happening during November. I even invited a few friends to join me. And if you're interested, send me a message and I'll get the details to you.
In today's world, a day, an hour, and sometimes even a minute doesn't go by without some news or reports of a tragedy, catastrophe, chaos, threat, or disappointment. These situations can be pervasive or global to very personal.
So in November, I'm choosing to focus on gratitude and thanksgiving. Albert Schweitzer said, "The greatest thing is to give thanks for everything." I'm keeping a list.
What was first on my list on November 1st? I thanked my husband for jumping right in and taking over a clerical task I proposed to simplify some record-keeping. I assumed I would be the one implementing it. He said, "That's a great idea!" And then he spent a few hours working on it. I am grateful!