Thanksgiving & Gratitude

Last night I had an unexpected vacation. There was a snowstorm in our neighborhood–12″ of accummulation!–and, just as the kids went to be bed, the power went out. So we had a fire in the fireplace, snow falling outside our windows, and a house of darkness and quiet, save for the crackling and light of the fire. So we laid down by the fire to enjoy the power outage and the calm blanket of snow outside our window.

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I enjoyed the break from everything else I might have been doing. And, because of the season, it got me thinking about thankfulness.

Here’s what I learned about gratitude this year.

First – it’s an answer to uncertainty. In the midst of change, ambiguity, and fear, gratitude can provide a path forward and a reminder of what is going right.

Second – it pairs well with patience. Often I don’t see gifts immediately when they appear, and it takes time to understand the blessing that an unexpected event or situation really provided. And, when I’m patient, I’m most able to enjoy the surprises that appear in my life.

Lastly – it shows up in unexpected places. So I need to keep my eyes open, or I miss it.

I hope this week finds your life full of gratitude and thanksgiving. Have a great week!

Here are a few words on thanksgiving that I am enjoying this year.

One thought on “Thanksgiving & Gratitude

  1. Zac, as always, your post was interesting. I loved the story about the snow and time for reflection.
    I get a quarterly magazine Susquehanna Life and in the winter 2019/2020 edition the editor wrote a good column that made me think of you. She challenged the readership to search for their most innovative, heartfelt idea for making 2020 your most significant year yet. She asked the reader to write an essay of about 500 words describing how you will achieve the dream, obstacles you face, and how you’ll overcome them. She’ll pick the best essay and publish it in the magazine. That all sounds like you!

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