Do you want to join me in the Art of Thanksgiving?
Last year I read Ann VosCamp’s book 1000 Gifts where she numbers to 1000 things she is thankful and grateful for. Ah, you think this may be easy. I started such a list. At first it was easy to jot thanks for the birds and the trees and the sunshine and the people that I love and the good food that I eat, but then I got stuck. “There is no way I’m going to get to 1000!” But Ann’s view on life, on the slowing of life to see the thankfulness truly inspired me. That woman could even find reasons to thank in her laundry pile! So I want to make a go of it again.
I don’t know how long it will take me to number to 1000, but then again I guess it isn’t a race. It’s a…practice, really. I’m developing a practice, a habit of thankfulness. And just like learning any new thing, there is a lot of initial excitement. I’m sure you can think of a dozen items you are thankful for right now. But some day, one day, the skies will be gray in your life and thanksgiving will be difficult. That’s where the habit comes in. I want to be so ingrained with numbering my thanks, that I find it in the most bleakest of days. (More about that later.)