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November 15, 2018 Holiday Thanks 2 comments

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- Ах, Арена. - сказал Хедрон.

This is my girls’ attitude of gratitude board. Every month we have a new theme and each day they put a new sticky note on the board. November’s theme is, you guessed it, thankfulness.

Their first sticky notes were broad things, like their gratitude for God, family and friends. Lately though, they are starting to get a little more specific…hair, turkey, movies. My two-year old said, “Buzz.” (As in Buzz Lightyear.)

Several days ago, I polled my Facebook friends, asking them what they were thankful for. (If you aren’t part of our Facebook group, hop on over! www.facebook.com/tara.johnson.1401) Most gave the expected answers: family, children, grandchildren, their salvation through Jesus Christ and the like. Beautiful and blessed things for certain.

Today, I switched things up and asked them to list the most obscure, funny or seemingly small things they give thanks for. The list made me smile. Here’s a sample of their responses…

“My memory.”

“The camera on my phone.”

“My curly hair that requires no fixing.”

“Banana pudding.”

“Fried tators.”

One anonymous friend told me she was extremely grateful for the ‘end call’ button on her phone. We all have those days….

“My Dustbuster hand vac thingy…and Cinnabon coffee creamer!”

“Chocolate and toilet paper.” (This particular set was mentioned many times.) 

“The low fuel light in my car.”

“Good cat litter.”

“Running water.”

“Doughnuts and spanx…in that order!” (Preach it, sista.) 

“The ability to bend my knee.”

“Mascara.”

“Advil.”

“The older I get—tweezers.”

“The ability to get up and work.”

I’m just scratching the surface with their responses. I love this list of seemingly ‘small’ things. Those little things really are BIG things—things that tell us our Father sees us, knows us and He doesn’t just give us sprinkles of grace. No, He lavishes us with it, letting His children wallow around in His goodness. Aren’t you glad?

If you’re having trouble feeling grateful today, grab a pen and a piece of paper and scribble down an obscure Thanksgiving list. It has a way of changing your perspective. (And, consequently, allows some giggles to bubble up in the process.) 

Today, I want to hear from you. What ‘small’ or obscure things are you thankful for? Count your blessings, name them one by one…

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Sometimes we need reminders about all those things to be thankful for in our everyday lives. When you start to be thankful for the smallest.

It’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of Thanksgiving. If you’re having friends and family over for a special Thanksgiving dinner, you’re most likely busy in the kitchen prepping a delicious turkey, mixing the stuffing, whipping up appetizers, and baking desserts. Plus, you’re trying to come up with fun games and activities to keep all the kids entertained as you prepare. (Tip: Turn on one of these delightful movies and they’ll be enthralled for at least a couple of hours!)

Every year hosting the over-the-top feast is worth the effort, but it can feel overwhelming in the moment. You may find that you were so busy checking tasks off of your list that you forgot to embrace the most important parts of the holiday: Reconnecting with your loved ones and expressing gratitude for all the blessings in your life. These Thanksgiving quotes, which are a mix of inspiring, funny, and insightful sayings from brilliant authors and famous figures, can serve as a wonderful reminder to reflect on the true meaning of Thanksgiving. So this year, as everyone is gathered around the dinner table, share some of these words of wisdom with your friends and family and take the time to soak in just how lucky you are to be celebrating with them.

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It’s always wonderful to hear what your kids are thankful for around the holidays ― especially if it’s something hilariously random, like a new dishwasher, ceiling fans, or a brother who isn’t a monster.

We asked the HuffPost Parents community to share the funniest things their kids have said they’re thankful for, and they did not disappoint. Here’s to many more epic answers around the Thanksgiving table this year.

1.Ceiling fans.” Erin Herman Ecker

2.Hot Wheels

3. ”’Corn. Because you can see it in your poop.’ ― said by my 3-year-old son as his prayer at Thanksgiving dinner.” ― Patricia Galante Webber

4. “My 4-year-old daughter told me that she’s thankful that her brother isn’t a monster because if he was, he would eat her.” ― Allison Sexton

5. Gas

6.“My daughter made a ‘thankful tree’ when she was in preschool, maybe 3 years old. Each leaf listed an item she was thankful for. The items were, ‘my brother & sister, my new scissors, my Belle movie & Belle dress, my cat Figaro, my bed & blanket, and steak.’ Mommy and Daddy did not make the cut!” ― Jennifer Brown Conwell

7. “’Shoes. Getting new shoes. People who make shoes.’ ― Aiden, age 3” ― Sarah Aguirre

8. “Mommy wiping my poop.”

9.Toilet paper.” ― Mandy Heller

10. “’The Statue of Liberty.’ ― Molly, age 5 (we live in Iowa, mind you). When I asked her why, she shrugged her shoulders and said ‘Well, why not?!?’” ― Karen Grifka Miller

11. “Our New Dishwasher”

12. ”We have a thankful tree and my 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son put up a leaf on it daily. My son has so far been thankful for the trash truck driver, Paw Patrol, drummers, my parents’ dog, and the vacuum.” ― Natalie Reis

13. Cookies. Lots Of Cookies.

14. “My son was 5 and made a hand turkey. He wrote he was thankful for his dog. He doesn’t have a dog... lol but forgot his brother.” ― Nicole Hill

15. “I’m thankful for snowmen, daddy, and quesadillas.”

16. ”We visited a farm and for three days all my daughter could say was how thankful she was to have seen a cow pooping😂😂” ― Leah Heffner

17. “3-year-old son: Dinosaurs and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches.” ― Lacey Bailey

18. “I am thankful for... my new scissors!

19. “My oldest was thankful for mermaids for 4 years.” ― Becky Miller Albright

20. ”’I am thankful for everything... except tigers and lions and sharks, because they bite.’ From Nathan, age 4.” ― Kathryn Dowd Leigh

21. Sparkles

Happy Thanksgiving!

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“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” ~G.K. Chesterton

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to be reminded of the importance of gratitude.

Grateful people are happier people, after all. But they are also less likely to feel regret, loneliness, anger, frustration, anxiety, disappointed or boredom.

But how do you grow gratitude? How do you stop taking things for granted with such typical regularity?

Every Thanksgiving, my family, perhaps much like yours, takes turns  expressing our Gratitude A-list–those things we are most grateful for–things like family, friends, faith, country, freedom, health and happiness tend to be repeated themes.

I’m thankful for those things too. Deeply thankful, in fact. But what about those things we don’t typically include in such moments of solemn expression? What about the mundane? The common? The usual? The overlooked? The unconventional?

Our happiness depends on our ability to feel and express gratitude. The more habitually grateful we are, in fact, the deeper our happiness will run.

So I thought I would put together my B-list of things I’m grateful for, hoping it inspires you to come up with your own list and fill your life with greater stores of gratitude … and in the expression, more happiness to boot!

My Unconventional Gratitude List

1. Toilet paper: Just imagine what it was like without it! What would it be like without it now? It’s a scary thought.

2. Toothpaste: By the time the Founding Fathers of the U.S. were in their 70s and 80s (including Jefferson, Washington, Adams and Franklin), they were near or totally toothless. Enough said.

3. Color: Question: What would the world be like in black and white? Answer: Booooring! – visually, anyway. Color has been shown to change moods. It’s powerful and pleasing. It differentiates the seasons. It beautifies life.

4. People like Nick:

5. Braces: You should have seen my crooked chops before my orthodontic miracle! Believe me when I tell you I’m grateful for the metal-mouth experience.

6. Deodorant and perfume: Yeah, you know what I mean! You’ve smelled the unpleasantness of those without such niceties and have probably been smelled by others when you went without! Life is simply better when we see our friends coming long before smelling them!

7. Soap: I have stood and sat by people for whom soap effectively did not exist. Deodorant only goes so far at masking other people’s stench, after all. I’m deeply grateful for soap in all its varieties and uses!

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”  ~Thornton Wilder

8. Pizza: It’s just plain good! We need things in life that have no other redeeming value other than simply tasting good.

9. Saliva: It’s nice when eating crackers. It comes in handy when trying to expel a bad taste from the mouth. It helps prevent cavities. It’s convenient when trying to thread a needle or remove dried spaghetti sauce from your chin, sealing envelopes and keeping that darn strand of hair in place. And it’s quite nice when smooching my Honey too!

10. Opposable thumbs: Think about all the tasks opposable thumbs make possible: holding most things, hitch hiking, thumbs up signs, thumbs down signs, thumb wars, playing marbles, coin tosses, fastening paper clips, texting, and so many more things I’m frankly too tired to think about.

11. Indoor toilets: We’ve all been shocked into full attention when sitting on a cold toilet seat in the middle of the night. Now imagine if that toilet seat were outside in a smelly outhouse!

12. The bumps dividing lanes on the freeway: You know you’ve been saved from sideswiping the car next to you by rattling over those little life-savers!

13. Aglets: (The tips of shoelaces) Just makes life convenient when your 5-year-old son decides it would be funny to pull the laces out of ALL your shoes. Every. Single. Shoe!

14. Flashdrives/thumbdrives/portable hard drives: My blog and much of my documentable life is stored on one of those things! It’s on my key chain. It’s always with me.

“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.”  ~Frank A. Clark

15. Paper: What would we have to do without if paper never existed? Books, to-do lists, sticky notes, mail, cardboard boxes, construction paper, posters, paper cups, newspapers, magazines, invitations, birthday cards, get-well-soon cards, any cards, receipts, paper snowflakes, toilet paper, paper towels …

16. Dishwashers (clothes and dishes!): We’re spoiled, I know. But hand washing everything? Everything? No thanks!

17. Fingernails: Whether scratching an itch (your own or someone else’s), removing a splinter, or scratching off the ridiculously-overly-sticky price tag from the bottom of new dishes you just bought, finger nails are just darn useful.

18. Spoons: I love cereal. My favorite is raisin bran with a banana cut up and thrown in. I use almond milk (I know, but it actually does taste good). I’ve tried to eat it with a fork before (don’t ask). It doesn’t work very well (trust me). And don’t get me started about ice cream! I love spoons.

19. Pillows: Don’t they just make the whole sleeping experience that much sweeter?

20. Glass: Think about how life would be different without glass: No windows in your bedroom, no windshield on your car, no reading glasses or magnifying glasses, no mirrors, no fiberglass insulation, wine glasses and other glassware. Other uses you may not be familiar with: recycled powdered glass in brick, cement and water filtration. What a wonderful product!

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”  ~Epictetus

21. Gears: I’m confident you’ve never seen this one on anyone’s gratitude list before. But just think about what gears make possible: Bikes and motorcycles, cars, watches, clocks, blenders, egg beaters, electric screw drivers, odometers, windshield wipers, automatic transmissions, helicopters, can openers, guitar and violin tuning keys, rack and pinion steering, robotics, wind mills and so much more.

22. Flowers: Imagine a park, a neighborhood, an amusement park, a Rose Parade, a backyard, a front yard, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Anniversaries without flowers. I’m grateful for them.

23. Ink: Books, newspaper, magazines, copy machines, printers. All useless without ink.

24. Salt: There are over 14,000 uses for salt. Not only does it enhance taste and make the beach experience unique, it’s used in boiling water, poaching eggs, cleaning greasy pans and ovens, removing pin feathers from chicken, brightening colors, preventing mold, cleaning brass, getting rid of sweat and blood stains, soothing bee stings and poison ivy and sore throats, preventing weeds from growing in patio cracks and frost from forming on windows.

25. Scissors: Ever try to get a pair of scissors out of its packaging without a pair of scissors? Whether opening impossible-to-open packaging or cutting hair or string or paper, making paper snowflakes with your kids or using them in the kitchen for removing exoskeletons from shrimp, this is a very handy tool that I’m thankful exists.

26.  Paint: It beautifies, identifies, expresses, varies, and extends the life of whatever is painted.  I’m glad we have it.

27. Libraries: A store of knowledge. A resource for growth and self-education, for imagination and creativity and information.  I can’t count the number of audio-books on history, economics, productivity, sales, self-improvement, happiness, marriage, government, memory, leadership and the like I’ve listened to – all picked up from our local library. I mean your tax dollars are already paying for it. You might as well use it!

“Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.”  ~Estonian Proverb

28: Smiles: Ever have a baby look into your eyes and smile? It’s priceless. Smiles change moods – the smiler’s mood and the smilee’s.

29. Laughter: It cures heavy hearts and tired minds and sick bodies. It is contagious and happiness-inducing. I recommend it. Lots of it.

30. Anonymous acts of kindness: It reminds me there are people who are good for the sake of being good, for no external reward for their goodness. I’m thankful for that. It makes me want to be better than I naturally am.

31. Bach: It’s heavenly music. The world needs more heavenly music.

32. Night: Not likely on very many gratitude lists either. But think about life without it ever getting dark. I love the light. I love my surroundings very well-lit. But I also like the soothing nature of night. It relaxes and unwinds. It quietly closes one day and prepares us for the next.

33. Hair: Whether it grows on the head, face, legs, arms, back or pits, hair is a good thing. It warms us, helps identify us, allows us to express our creativity or fashion or style. It also keeps us humble when it starts falling out!

34. Opposition: While I’m not much a fan of it in the moment, in hindsight, opposition has done great things for the human family. It creates movements that changes lives and builds muscle and mind and character.

35. Water: The ocean, swimming pools, tears, saliva, something like 60% of your body is water, noodles and rice are made with it, so count those things out without the magic of H20 around.

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”  ~Cynthia Ozick

36. Sight: Movies, smiles, children’s faces exploding with laughter, flowers, rainbows, the immenseness of the solar system, eyes, color, sunrises and sunsets, great art, the quality of a new haircut, a knowing grin from a friend, the sleek sexiness of a hot car, the beauty of form and figure. Some can be appreciated to a certain degree by the sightless, to be sure. But the nuances, the moments where touch is not available and description inadequate, those moments are lost without sight. I’m grateful for it.

37. Hugs: A life without hugs would be a lonely life to me. I’m a hugger. But even if I wasn’t, there are certain people (moms, dads, children, spouse) you just need to hug and need hugs from. Hugless homes are barren homes. So go hug and be thankful!

38. Sand: Silicon, glass, concrete, the beach, sand-blasters, sand paper, sandbags, sandcastles, filtration, brick, mortar, bottom of fish tanks. So much that we enjoy is enjoyed because of sand. So thank the beach next time you pass it.

39. Gratitude: Bet you haven’t thought of being thankful for the human capacity to be thankful! But what a truly beautiful trait it is. Think about the ugliness of ingratitude as a way to underscore the beauty of its opposite. I am indeed grateful for the art and gift of gratitude.

40. Trash collectors: What would a good Thanksgiving Holiday be like with the stench of rotting, maggot-infested garbage wafting through the afternoon air, seeping in through cracked windows, mixing with the scent of turkey and stuffing and gravy? Like I said, I’m thankful for garbage collectors.

41. Mosquito-fighting insecticide: The nuisance, the itch, the whine of their incessant buzz, oh, and the whole malaria thing too!

42. Zippers: Remember having to button up your Levi jeans? I LOVE zippers!

43. Coupons: While I don’t personally clip and use them, my wife does and literally saves $600 on monthly living expenses, saving on average 75-80% on household needs. Wow!

44. A rainy day:  Some rain, a good book, a warm cushioned couch and a cup of hot chocolate. Mmm.

45. Batteries: Cars, boats, planes, cell phones, flashlights, MP3 players, IPads, garage door clickers, and anything else that makes life portable and needs electricity. Life is simply more convenient with batteries. I’m grateful for them.

46. Air conditioning: I still remember the summer 5 years ago when my wife was pregnant in a house without air conditioning. There were some record highs that summer. My wife was miserable. So we got air conditioning. It was beautiful. I am grateful for that beauty and the effect it had on the mood of my pregnant, morning-sick wife. Again, enough said.

47. The gift of voice: Whispering love in the ear of your loved ones, yelling for your team at a game, singing, laughing, debating important issues, thanking someone for their kindness, speaking passionately about gratitude or breaking barriers or overcoming fears and living happy lives of character.

48. You: I’m grateful for people like you who visit my blog and read what I have to say, who take these things seriously, who want to learn and grow and seek inspiration, motivation and insight into that process, who share what I say with others and share what they think about what I say with me. I am grateful for you. More than I can say and more than you will ever know.

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Closing Thoughts

There is a difference between being grateful for something and being a grateful person. The more we truly feel grateful for all the amazing blessings that make up our daily lives, the happier we will be.

Still, all lists are incomplete. I would love to hear from you about your own gratitude list. Let me know if anything on mine is something you’re consciously grateful for. And add to it! What have I missed? What can be added to grow our collective sense of gratitude?

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