We’re coming up on the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving. This is a great time of year, and a great time to take count of the things we are thankful for. Actually, I’m not sure take count is the right word, because I’m not sure I could count that high. There are many, many things to be thankful for in this wonderful world of ours.
As I’m blogging here today, one of the first things that comes to mind is that I’m thankful to live during this age of technology, where I can communicate with hundreds, or thousands, or millions of people so very easily. I’m also thankful for the freedom to express myself and share my thoughts without worry of censorship or worse.
And today as we sit around our virtual campfire, bloggers from across the world will discuss thankfulness. If you are new to the Personal Development Campfire, you can click here to see what this is all about, or just follow along and check out the links to my campfire friends that will populate throughout the day at the bottom of this post.
I wonder if it’s possible to have one thing I am most thankful for. Every time I think of something, another thought pops into my head. I think of my wife and daughter. Then I think of being born into this world. Then I think about being healthy. And another thought pops in about having the necessities of life; food, water, and shelter. The list goes on an on, and I’m not sure I could prioritize it.
Actually, I’m not sure I should prioritize it. I think maybe it’s better to just think of the things I am thankful for, and let them roll into my mind, and then fade out as a new thankful thought rolls in. It’s like watching a leaf float gently down a babbling stream. That leaf of thankfulness appears in the distance, and slowly floats by. Then you look upstream and see another leaf appear. Each leaf taking just a moment of your attention as they drift by; an unending stream of thankful thoughts.
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I am making a conscious effort to consider all the things I’m thankful for. I am counting my blessings. I am making it an ongoing process throughout the month of November. Whenever I have a moment that is not consumed with countless other tasks, whenever I have a moment of stillness and quietness, I am thinking about how fortunate I am.
I encourage you to do the same. Take those brief seconds as you sit at red lights, or as you sip your morning coffee, or as you stand under the hot water of your daily shower. Take those moments and consider the many things you are thankful for.
In fact, stop reading and take a moment now. Just five or ten seconds is all you will need. Consider one or two things you are thankful for.
You might consider making this a daily practice.
Thankful thoughts continue to drift through my mind as I write this post. It’s like I can’t turn it off. I’m thankful for wireless connectivity and high speed internet. I am thankful to live in a time of easy living. I am thankful that our loving kitty cat entered our lives and has bonded so well with our daughter. I am thankful that I have a job. I’m thankful that I can enjoy warm weather in November. I”m thankful for running water and flushing toilets. I’m thankful for electricity.
The thankfulness faucet is hard to turn off. It’s actually kind of fun to see where the thankful thoughts drift to. And now, I look forward to see where your thankful thoughts drift. If you’re a blogger, I hope you’ll participate in this months campfire. If you are one of my super awesome readers, I hope you’ll add a couple lines in a comment below. I want to hear what you are thankful for.
The campfire keeps burning through the end of the month. So add your link anytime between now and November 30.
What is the Personal Development Campfire?
Imagine all your favorite personal development bloggers gathered around a campfire. Campfires are great center pieces of relaxed and free flowing conversations. Think of all the wonderful conversations and the wealth of topics that might arise. That’s the idea behind the Personal Development Campfire. Your favorite bloggers all gathered together discussing a new topic every month. (Bloggers click here for details on participating in the Personal Development Campfire.)