Since November 1st the social media world has been inundated with the “30 days of thanks”. In case you live in a vacuum, or do not delve into the social media circus, let me break it down for you. Every day this month people write what they are thankful for, each day being something different. In general I find nothing wrong with this concept, technically there is nothing wrong with professing what you are thankful for. However, after reading many of “thankful” posts I am really disappointed in the thankful movement.
All the general thanks have been mentioned. People are thankful for family, friends, kids, jobs, health etc. My choice to opt out came on day one when I read several “thanks” that were, in my opinion, shallow and superficial. We live in a world that has become so worldly and less human emotionally. We overlook the small simple beautiful things in life and choose to be thankful for meaningless trivial things.
Post of thanks that included the following are a perfect example of why this month of thankfulness has turned to an annoyance for me:
I’m thankful it’s Friday, let the drinking begin
I’m thankful that (insert favorite TV show) is one tonight
I’m thankful for casual Friday’s
I’m thankful that (insert new movie) is out and I’m going to watch it
I’m thankful for caffeine
I will be thankful when the posts of thanks end
Where are the real thanks? The everyday small details of life that get taken for granted, that get looked over. I know there are people out there posting genuine thanks, and these are not the people I’m annoyed at. You may be thinking “who the hell are you to decide what I can or cannot be thankful for” and you are right. I am not saying that one cannot post what they are thankful for, I’m just saying that maybe we all need to look a little deeper at what we are thankful for.
On that note, I am listing 30 things that I am thankful for. Things that I am thankful for 365 days out of the year, not just 30 for the month of November.
1. First and foremost I am thankful for a merciful creator who blesses me everyday with the ability to wake up and breathe life.
2. I am thankful for a family that bands together in good times and bad, who can agree to disagree and still love each other.
3. For the miracle of two beautiful children who show me what the true meaning of love is
4. For the honor of having four amazing step-sons who have taught me so much over the past 5 years.
5. For the ability to see. To be able to open my eyes and witness all the beauty that God has created around me.
6. Clean water. The simple act of clean water that freely flows through a faucet in four rooms of my house.
7. Unlimited food. The ability to run down the street and stock up on whatever my family desires for eating.
8. Teachers who devote their lives to educating all who seek it.
9. Medical care, no matter how expensive it costs my family to have, the pure comforting fact that it is there when ever needed.
10. Free speech. The ability to speak my opinion without fear of repercussions.
11. Electricity, to warm my house, run my appliances, cool my house, make my life so much easier.
12. Freedom of Religion. Where I have the right to believe however I choose.
13. Shoes. I am thankful that my family and I have not just one pair of shoes, but several to protect our feet. There are so many people across the globe that don’t have the means to afford even one pair of shoes.
14. I am so very thankful for my two best friends Cindy and Jody. Without these two woman I would surely have gone crazy years ago.
15. I am thankful not just for the job that I have, but I am thankful that I have a job that I enjoy doing.
16. I am thankful for a church family that prays and supports me in my faithful journey to be a better human.
17. I am thankful for the days that are joy filled, as well as the days that seem as though nothing can go right. Both of these days help shape the person I am, the person I want to be.
18. I am thankful for the painful parts that my life has endured, because they have taught me how to be merciful, to love without reservations and how to forgive and let go.
19. For the renewing, cleansing smell and sound of rain.
20. For the flowers that bloom in radiant colors.
21. For neighbors that are also good friends.
22. I am so thankful for my Parents. They have helped raise my children, have bailed me out when I needed help, supported me even when they knew my decisions were not the best, counseled me in times of suffering and loved me on my good days and my bad days.
24. I am thankful that the Lord has blessed me in such a way, that I am able to help others in need, whether monetary through donations or spiritually through quiet conversations.
25. I am thankful for a strong Military, and for all those who serve.
26. I am thankful for the opportunity to be college educated when there are many woman in the world who do not have this same opportunity.
27. I am thankful to live in a part of the world where I have the chance to experience the beauty of 4 seasons.
28. I am thankful that I and my family are for the most part healthy.
29. I am thankful that I live in a country that does not deal with the horrors of war and bombs exploding round about.
30. I am thankful that I can click on a computer, and reach out to others, in turn they can reach out for me. Creating a network of learning, supporting and laughing.