The newest Facebook phenomenon is the Thirty Days of Thanks for November. The majority of my friends are posting sweet thanks everyday- thankful for their husbands, wonderful in-laws, sweet children, great jobs, health, church family, etc. I love reading their posts, love the kick in the butt reminder to be thankful, even in days that are really hard for my family. My thanks tend to be muttered under my breath, and much more fleeting in nature. Thanks for the green light. Thanks for red wine. Thanks for sick days when no one else is home sick. Thanks for a good counselor. Thanks for a day where I don't have to clean up ANYONE'S pee, poop, or vomit. Thanks for a good run with no hard winds. Thanks for getting me through one more day of not smoking, when what I really want during hard times is one or two or ten cigarettes. Thanks for chocolate-covered acai berries from Costco. Funny this or that surveys.
We have had a devisive few months where everything we see, newswise, tends to be negative. Fiscal Cliff, congress battling, states asking for secession (while Facebook pages plead for succeeding from the US), continuous conflicts, and so many other gloom and doom news stories. This makes it easy to overlook the good stories, the inspiring stories to be thankful for in our world. But good stories are out there, lots of them.
A record number of turkeys have been donated thus far for Denver's Rescue Mission, which was initially fearful that there would not be nearly enough turkeys. A Highlands Ranch elementary school principal is named a Nationally Distinguished Principal. Malala, the Pakistani girl who was shot, is recovering and sending thanks to her well-wishers. A couple just made headlines for taking their wedding photos... eighty-eight years after they were married.
What are you guys thankful for? Big or small thanks welcome :)