I’m a fan of Thanksgiving. Between the copious amounts of side dishes, family time, and pumpkin pie, there is little room for unhappiness. It’s a time to take a check on the often unnoticed things that are taken for granted and enjoy the simple pleasures of company, food, and family.
I dig it. Why can’t every day be more focused on taking the time to appreciate things? To give thanks?
Simple answer: there is no reason.
The less-than-simple-answer ensues.
Human nature in its full flawed ways oftentimes wraps us up in ourselves to the point where we can not see beyond our own whims, complaints, and trivial matters. That’s the given. It takes a good dose of effort to elevate our attitudes and actions beyond ourselves and take an objective look at our lives to appreciate all that goes on in a moment. Appreciation brings contentment and happiness into the life of the observer and as a byproduct, spreads it to the observed as well.
The next time an older relative leaves an embarrassing note on your Facebook post, leave it, laugh, and cherish it. When your cat wakes you up at 3:30am with a hallway serenade, laugh, roll over, and go back to sleep. Reality is painful, and these moments will not continue to happen forever.
Whether it’s the big or small things, take time to appreciate them. Later on, you’ll be thankful you did.
Quote of the day: “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”