Everyday should be Thanksgiving

No, I don’t mean that you should gorge yourself like a mouth breathing animal and then pass out in front of the TV while your family bitterly cleans up the mess you made. I mean the act of being grateful should be a daily endeavor.

We all have things we are grateful for. What brings me the most joy is spending time with my kids. Cliché, I know, but I want to remember these moments, so I write them down. Every morning I write down 5 things I am grateful for. This is by no means an original activity or concept, but it is one of the most valuable additions to my life.

It usually includes ones of the amazing moments I experienced the day before, like when my daughter was playing “this little piggy” with the lights on our new pre-lit tree. Or when my son was dancing like no one’s looking to Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You by Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons. It is a true joy just how delightfully oblivious children are of being ridiculed and judged about their spontaneous expressions in the world. They are free in ways that we wish we were.

But these are not just moments I want to remember, they are the one’s I am grateful for. Savoring them just makes me realize how blessed I am, which makes me feel grateful for all I have.

“Learn to be thankful for what you have, while you pursue all that you want.

Jim Rohn

I invite you to try this as it is the antidote to annoyance, stagnation and resentment. Redirect yourself to be grateful when you are feeling the opposite and you can watch your mood and your world change in an instant. It doesn’t mean you won’t get angry, or annoyed, it is just a productive way to manage those feelings when they rear their ugly face.

I am grateful for you taking the time to read this. I am competing with many things that could have your attention, but you chose this. That is something I am eternally thankful for.

Matthew CriscuolaComment