Tuesday, November 25, 2014
When the reasons you're thankful changes....
This is the time of the year that we stop to reflect on the prior year, and make a conscious effort to be thankful for the blessings in our lives.
Last year around this time I decided to start a thankful / gratitude jar.
What a great way for my family to see all of the wonderful things that happened to us during the year, and reflect upon those things at Thanksgiving.
We started off with a bang. Everything good thing that happened, or that we were grateful for (mostly I, since everyone else quit on me) got written down on a piece of paper and put into the jar.
Now almost a year later, I began to go through our jar reading all the little pieces of paper. Some things brought a huge smile to my face, others that the kids had written gave me a giggle, some gave me great reflection. I got to see how some of the things I was thankful for, at the time, have changed completely.
Have you ever thought about the times when the things you're thankful for change completely? Sometimes they're not always obvious. Sometimes the changes are so subtle you almost miss them and turn into miraculous new opportunities.
Have you ever thought back on the things that you really wanted - the things that made you so incredibly happy and grateful - but then that thing changed? Was that change for the better or worse? Sometimes it's hard to see the blessing in disguise. Sometimes the thing that you're really grateful for changes completely and you realize that the first thing wasn't at all good for you - but what came of it, the change that metamorphosized, was even better and suddenly you received a moment of complete peace and clarity....
It's amazing how you can be so incredibly thankful for one thing and then, over time, the original reason you were thankful changed. Maybe your eyes were opened to something you hadn't seen or a situation changed and the original blessing is even more magnified.
It's those moments of clarity that I'm extra thankful for this year - the ways my initial thankfulness has changed.
Thank you for being a blessing in my life.
I'm so incredibly thankful for each and every one of you who hang in there with me... even during the long droughts of NOTHING in this blog - and still you hold me up and support me and send me love.
Wishing you all a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving!
You are all nothing short of amazing.
As always, thank you for reading my blog!
Lots of love,