Countdown towards thankfulness

Hello November! Hello Fall, Hello Pumpkin Spice everything, Hello chunky sweaters and soup and all things warm and toasty. Does it just seem like in adulthood that time goes extra fast? I feel like Summer just ended and now we just finished Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos and now I just put a deposit on a turkey. Dear Lord Almighty, 2018 is coming to a close at the speed of light and I am just not ready! I want a little more time, don’t you? I want to cherish each and every day, but mostly I want to survive until the end of the day so I can crawl between my sheets because life is exhausting, and amazing, all at the same time.

I want to encourage each of you to start a tradition of thankfulness this month, it really doesn’t matter how you go about showing your gratefulness for this life and don’t confuse the fact that yes, we get it, some days can really suck. No platitudes, just we get it. But in spite of that, let’s delve into some ways to exemplify thankfulness, because let’s be honest, giving is kind of a real high, and the saying that by giving you are really receiving, is mostly true.

“Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough” -Oprah Winfrey

Showing Thankfulness and Gratefulness:

Volunteering
*A few weeks ago I got to volunteer at a food pantry, I will admit it had been a long time since I did something like that, when I was younger I used to volunteer at soup kitchens and at the Salvation Army on a fairly regular basis, so I was excited to do this. I learned that after all the donations come in, they have to be sorted to make sure the food isn’t expired or damaged and then they are boxed and sent out. It was a fun experience to do with my family and it is nice that all ages can help, so it is something you can do with a group or as a family event.

*Holidays are actually a great time to volunteer at city wide Thanksgiving dinners. The one in my city is huge and so organized, they have it in a massive auditorium and you volunteer in shifts as they need you, I have served, bussed, washed dishes and it was actually some of the most fun I have ever had. The joy of seeing people eat and laugh and not have to worry for a few moments about having a warm meal and place to sit that is warm and clean is a joyous thing to witness.

*Food, clothes and blanket drives are an easy way to give without a lot of time spent. Black Friday deals are often offered early, Amazon deals, online specials, all make buying for these drives SO EASY and how can you say “no” to a little online shopping for good, that is an all time win in our book!

“Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.” -Roy T. Bennett

One might think that as a writer I am good at jotting down what I am grateful for or even expressing it, but you would be wrong. I am just like all of you, I get busy and my kids are young and needy and I personally find the whole short order chef period of time in my life annoying. However, that is life and as people like to remind you, one day these times will be missed (the jury is still out on that one).

Documenting what you are grateful and thankful for
*I love taking pictures of my family when they are dressed up for Halloween or when we are on Vacation or just momentous occasions. Yes, they are on my phone, but I print them out, I make books, my kids love to look through them and we remember happy times. That is something worth doing because it reminds me of the happy moments that go by so quickly.

*If writing is more your thing, do that. Why? Because when the world seems like it is rushing forward, it is anchoring to have your memories and good times memorialized and right there at your fingertips.

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
-G.K. Chesterton

Wishing you all a gorgeous day ahead, full of support and gratitude, Team SG

A Grateful Heart is a Magnet for Miracles

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