Sometime last week I left a comment on a post by Allison from Embrace the Struggle. She wrote a truly thought-provoking post reflecting on a song for the Thanksgiving Season. When I wrote my comment I was thinking on how there are times we allow our busy-ness to allow us to forget what the real meaning of Holidays are.
A portion of what I wrote:
“…being thankful takes no planning simply commitment…”
Long after I clicked Post Comment the thought was still stuck with me. My holiday week had been beyond hectic. I had two Birthdays a mere two days apart. My Teenager was turning 17 and my baby Girlies was turning 5. The Teenager wanted to shop and have a movie day but then he came down with some kinda bug and I was Nurse Momma instead. While doing that I was still planning my 4 soon to be 5 year old’s birthday party (with 10 Kiddie guests) plus her weekend of activities.
During our celebrations I was still preparing for Thanksgiving Day itself. We had guests and family coming for dinner and some who were to stay as well. Somewhere in the midst of it all I think I was letting myself loose my commitment. Where was my Thanks? I had the Holiday part of everything down but was I Committing Thanks?
Commit is defined as a pledge or bind to a certain course or action; devote, apply or dedicate. I know when you first here the word to commit or committing you think of someone doing something negative or criminal but realistically we can apply it to anything we want to do on a consistent basis.
I looked back on my days leading to Thanksgiving and realized that I was letting life, schedules and plans get in the way of my being Thankful. After reading Allison’s post I wanted to renew my commitment and focus more on Committing Thanks.
I want my daily life to be one of recognizing the small blessings. The basic meeting of my needs and desires. Not the wants and wishes but the necessities. Life, Shelter, Food, buy adipex, Love, Friendship. The things that may at times be intangible yet still felt and very much a part of my life that would be missed if not there.
Thanks is simple. It is kindly grateful thoughts. Gratitude. An expression of Gratitude. To be Thankful takes no costs or anything away from you but simple to express your thankfulness.
So today I want to ask…
Are you Committing Thanks?
How do you stay Thankful beyond the Holiday?