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Thoughts on Being Thankful

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Being that today is Thanksgiving, I want to be cliche and write a “thankful” post. We live in a great area, near family, and while we’ve had a couple financial hiccups, we’ve never once been in true need. We’ve always had food on our plates and a roof over our heads, and as I’ve grown older and wiser, I’ve realized there’s more to it than just what *I’m* thankful for. But I’ll get to that in a few minutes.

First of all, I’m thankful for a hard-working husband that has allowed me to stay home with Allison for the past 3 years. Yes, I could have gone back to work, which would have meant more money, more chances to go on vacations and buy more things… but I also would have missed out on all the cool things Allison has learned, and I’m happy that I’m the one that’s witnessed them and has helped her through. John’s worked incredibly hard, and I couldn’t be more grateful for that.

My daughter’s one of the best things that’s happened to this family. She’s challenged me and shaped me in so many ways; she’s stretched my patience paper thin, and I go to bed exhausted every night. I didn’t know it was possible to spend 45 minutes talking about a single page of re-usable stickers, but here we are. Through all that, she’s helped me to build my patience, and allowed me the opportunity to find a healthier lifestyle by losing the baby weight and becoming stronger. I wouldn’t change a thing!

I started thinking really hard last week, when I helped our church pack boxes of food to feed 1,500 families for Thanksgiving. It’s easy for me to just say “I’m thankful” without even thinking about it or even being really appreciative. But these families receiving these boxes probably wouldn’t have been able to afford a Thanksgiving dinner. I’ve never had to be in that situation before, so I have no idea what it’s like. And it makes me want to do more.

The only way I know how to say this is “I want to help others feel thankful this year”, but I don’t mean that I want them to be thankful for ME. I don’t want the focus on me. I just want them to know that someone loves them, and I’ve been thinking of ways that both you and I could do that. Would you ever invite a random person to your Thanksgiving dinner? Maybe a neighbor that lives by himself and has no nearby family? One year, I would love to open up my home for anybody to just come in and have a good dinner with company.

Maybe you could volunteer at a soup kitchen as a family this season. Or even host a community Thanksgiving in your town. Just something that would give someone a good meal, fellowship, and a chance to know that someone loves them.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and can spend it with loved ones this year. What can you do “help someone feel thankful”?

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