I recently saw a TV commentator who encouraged people to pause and give thanks, especially when we consider those less fortunate. That’s not the first time I’ve heard someone phrase thankfulness that way. It makes me wonder why we need to compare ourselves with the less fortunate to feel thankful. Its as though thankfulness is contingent on the state of those around us. That seems to reflect arrogance more than thankfulness.
It seems to me that genuine thankfulness requires contentment. We need to be thankful because what we have is sufficient. It’s enough. Thanksgiving isn’t about what happens to us but how we respond to life. It’s proactive instead of reactive. Its an approach to living, a life style that can not be confined to a single event or yearly celebration. We are thankful because we are content. It isn’t until we acquire contentment that we can appreciate thankfulness.
All that being considered, I wrote a brief list of a few things for which I am thankful:
door knobs, copper pipes, acrylic paint, a really fine ink, watch gears, bird feeders, eye glasses, coffee, novels by G.K. Chesterton and P.G. Wodehouse, paper, smoke detectors, WIFI, history, weaving, yellow raspberries, time, creativity, helvetica font, colour, islands, elevators, dogs, hope, faith, reason, wood flooring, pillows, mystery, football