We hear it all the time. This is, after all, the time of year to find gratitude.
But, what about sharing thanks?
After all, how often do we truly share the things we deeply appreciate? I’m not talking about the usual round robin at the Thanksgiving dinner table where everyone names one thing they are grateful for before they are allowed to eat. After all, if we are honest, everyone seems to say the same thing, “I’m thankful for family, friends, freedom, health, etc.”
But, what if this year, we were to take it a step further?
What if we were to be specific about things that we are truly, truly grateful for. For example, “I’m really grateful that my hip injury is less painful now than it was a month ago. I’m grateful that my parents taught me how to truly love people and to put the needs of others ahead of my own. I’m grateful that my friends take time to listen and reach out when I need it most. I’m grateful that my dog seems to just know when I need a cuddle. I’m really grateful that I’ve had the privilege of working with some amazing people these past twelve months.”
Then, what if we were to share that with our family and friends?
It’s a little scary, I know. But, often we forget that there is great power in words.
By being specific with our words and sharing them with others, we have the opportunity breathe life into those around us.
This Thanksgiving, here is my challenge to us all: be specific—I mean really, really specific—about the things you are thankful for. Then, take a moment to share that with others. See if it doesn’t breathe new life into your heart and soul. May you have a blessed and beautiful Thanksgiving, friends!