We officially celebrated Thanksgiving this past weekend due to family schedules. Before diving into the turkey and stuffing, we continued our tradition of sharing gratitude with one another. The best lesson came from four-year old Lady Elle.
Being the only child at dinner, she was given the honor of going first. I braced myself. Lord only knew what she was going to say. With the confidence and bravado only a four-year-old could have, she proudly declared she was “thankful for [her] wonderful life!” I was stunned, relieved and quite frankly, impressed. My hubby and I gave each other a quick high-five. We’re doing something right, if only in this instant.
The rest of us couldn’t top her answer. Lady Elle’s response was straight from the heart and honest. We didn’t make her explain herself; her adament declaration was enough for us to know she meant what she said. She doesn’t have the pretenses of knowing the difference between rich and poor or the need to “keep up with the Jones.” It is gratitude in its most honest form. Later that evening I reflected on what she said and knew I needed to take a lesson from her book.
Too often I look at what everyone else has and feel inadequate because of it but I forget about what I have. I’m grateful for this “wonderful life I have” because I have everything I need. Here a few “things” I’m most grateful for this Thanksgiving
1. My family. I could not imagine life without Lady Elle and Mr. E&G. While they can drive me to the point of insanity, I’d be crazy without them. I’m also fortunate to have two sisters and parents whom I visit every chance I can get even though they live 16 hours away.
2. My friends. While I don’t get to see my nearest and dearest childhood and college friends often, they are always in my heart forever and I miss them dearly. I’m fortunate to have many friends here in Florida who make this world a lot sweeter. I’m also thankful for my new group of blogger and insta friends who I’m learning a lot from daily.
3. My health. I always take my health for granted. I can walk, run and have never been hospitalized aside from the birth of my daughter. I have dear friends and colleagues who have serious life health issues and they handle it with such admirable grace. I’m not sure what I’d do if I were in their shoes.
4. My job. It provides for my family and I enjoy going to work on most days. I meet people from all over the world while also enjoying this beautiful piece of the world.
5. A house over my head, food to eat and safety from the storms. Every time I hear the news or read about world events, both near and far, my heart aches for children and people who face unfathomable situations. I’ve been blessed with a good life in comparison. I may not be the richest, prettiest, smartest or the fastest, but I am loved. I have been afforded opportunities to get an education and learn from others who are different than me. I pray all mankind will have these opportunities and blessings in their lifetime.
Happy Thanksgiving and remember that you live a “wonderful life” because it is your life meant for you!