It’s the day before we’re supposed to officially be grateful for all we’ve got, but I thought I’d get a head start.
I tend to over think things and so, the first place I go is that “if you talk about all the good things in your life, you’ll make someone having a tough time right now feel worse.” That is not my intent. Intention has to count for something, right? This collection of words is about gratitude. As we approach a season dripping with “What can I get?”, I’ve already got plenty and I just want to acknowledge it.
I have to start with the fact that my wife and I are in good health and our kids are all doing just fine. Life will never be perfect, but each challenge is an opportunity to grow and help better equip you for the next bump that comes along. They happen.
As recently as yesterday, I found out that we’ll have all the kids with us at Thanksgiving brunch. We might actually be able to get in a group picture and as you get up in there in years, you know how challenging that can be to have everyone in the same spot at the same time. This year, Photoshop gets the year off.
I’m waking up every day and doing exactly what I want to do and that’s among the greatest blessings anyone can ask for. In the almost two months of Tim Hunter Creative Services, I’ve had a steady stream of meetings and projects that pay the bills. You just can’t ask for much more than that.
I find it ironic that a day originally designed to be free of gifts, commercialism and want has been invaded by stores being open and sales that intend to make you want more than what you’ve got. You can shop any time. In this day and age, wake up at 2am, think “I need that”, go to the computer and order it and it’s there two days later. Do everything you can to keep Thanksgiving a day of reflection, football, roasting turkey or tofurkey in the oven and just talking with family who won’t always be there. These are the times we’ll remember in the years ahead.
I’ve been around long enough to realize that “the good old days” are actually right now. Over time, our selective memories filter out the blemishes and we’ll recall that year back in 2014 when we started making sure that every Thanksgiving Day counted. When we remembered all that we have instead of all that we need or want.
The happiest of Thanksgiving to you and your kin.