A few weeks ago, I was decorating my home for fall, when one of my daughter's friends spied my newly updated "Give Thanks" banner hanging from my kitchen hood and he made a face.
"Uh...a little early for the Thanksgiving decorations, Kim."
I looked at the banner and then looked back at him.
"Well, yes, I guess it is," I replied, pointing out the distinct lack of turkeys in the room, "but being grateful is a wonderful sentiment for all year, don't you think?"
He answered me with a simple, "Touché," before leaving the room with my daughter and a plate full of cookies...for which he profusely thanked me.
Very funny. Ha ha.
While the exchange was actually pretty quick, it weighed heavily on my mind for weeks. While I would love to be able to chalk his comment up to age, or sarcastic teenage nature, I know that many of us would look at that banner and think the exact same thing.
Heck, once he said it, I actually decided not to share that particular angle of my room in my fall decor post.
|Give Thanks Letter Banner|
I figured most people would have the same reaction.
And it made me wonder.
Why don't we make giving thanks all year long a priority? Why is that behavior relegated to just one month, or frankly, touted in unison on just one day?
Shouldn't we be giving thanks for whatever we have, no matter how big or small, all year long?
Oh, I know that some people do. Perhaps it's a prayer, grace before meals or a few notes in a gratitude journal. It's big business to be grateful today. It promotes happiness, it's good for your health and obviously very good for somebody's purse. The books on how to do it are everywhere, especially in November. There are even blogs dedicated to it, classes, workshops and seminars.
It's a bonafide movement.
|Give Thanks Yarn Embroidery (Tutorial Coming Soon!)|
But does it really need to be that complicated?
Why do we need organizers and flow charts to express the fact that we feel blessed and why do we need to search our surroundings and make lists of ten to twenty things to quantify how thankful we are?
Isn't one good enough? And are we really so jaded as a society that we need to think long and hard about what we have that we should be thankful for?
|Give Thanks Printable Decor|
It was obviously a great loss.
From that day forward I was keenly aware of what I did have - a mom. She was still there, every morning and every night, taking care of us, physically, financially and emotionally and for that I was so grateful. And I did not wait until Thanksgiving to acknowledge that feeling or let her know. You can bet I told her all the time.
All year long.
Without a book or a holiday or a banner to prompt me.
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