According to Merrian-Webster, the word “thankful” is an adjective (obviously), but it is described as to be well-pleased or glad. It is to be expressive of thanks or conscious of a benefit received. In other words, we are full of thanks.
But are we only thankful during the days impending Thanksgiving?
I become wary of the blogs and other publications that boast a list of all one is thankful for.
While it is celebratory, I believe that many use the month of November, or at least a portion of it, to honor and recognize the things in which they are thankful for, yet take them for granted and do not attribute to them much worthiness during the remaining eleven months of the year.
Thanks does not stop then start.
It does not come and go.
It should be present and always alive.
Are we truly thankful for blankets and fireplaces in the middle of January or do we simply believe we just deserve them?
Are we truly thankful for cars and other warm transportation when February is still below freezing or do we simply believe we deserve the easy access?
Are we truly thankful for the rain that pours down from the sky to feed our gardens or do we simply believe our garden deserve it?
Are we truly thankful for meals every day, with new clothes to wear, a bed to return to each night or do we simply believe we just deserve it?
Obtaining a mindset of always deserving something isn’t being thankful. Selfish and greedy maybe, but not thankful. Being constantly thankful isn’t switched on when the calendar flips from October to November.
Being thankful is a consistent state of mind and an awareness of the present. It is having a warm feeling inside ourselves as we feel truly happy of what all is occurring around us. It is being unconditionally thankful.
Are we unconditionally thankful for 365 days every year?
If not, how can we train ourselves to be so?
Not to sound cliché, but it comes with being open minded, to paying attention, being observant, and actually recognizing the good, positive things we endure day in and day out.
Do not just give thanks one time a year, do it multiple times. Do not be thankful for just one day, be it multiple times. Do not entitle yourself into believing you deserve something.
Because who needs a winter coat more than the person who has one? The person who doesn’t own one. Yet, he lives his life learning to adjust without one and is thankful for just being alive and seeing another sun and moon.
Because who needs your plate of food that isn’t your favorite meal? The person who is hungry and is feeling a sense of loss and isolation on the nearest street corner. Because he would savor the food as if it was gold. Yet, he lives his life hungry more than satisfied.
Be thankful and grateful for things you have and the access you own to get those things.
November is a great time for an abundance of thanks, but so is December, March, July, September, and any other month in between.