Can there ever be too much gratitude? Can we be thankful even in the smallest things?
Thankfulness is about noticing and acknowledging the good in our lives. It can be for something external such as relationships, material things, experiences. And, it can be for something we have internally…resilience, talents, values.
During this season there are, of course, many social media posts and advertising about Thanksgiving. I’d like to suggest that we don’t rush through yet another holiday as if it were something to check off our list and calendar.
Although thankfulness is not about comparing, I realize and also know people who do compare. They believe that because they aren’t in a relationship, don’t have a six-figure income, experienced hard times or trauma, that they have no reason to be thankful. I would challenge that notion. I also know people who seemingly have it all and still complain and show little gratitude.
Viktor Frankl, survivor of concentration camps said, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
What can you find in your life that you can be thankful for?