We’re headed out on a monster road trip soon, which will take us through most of the desert west. We’ll make stops in Nevada, Utah and Arizona before heading home. This will be a challenge for me, as my irrational fear of dehydration death is suddenly not so irrational.
We’ve been planning this trip for more than a year, and I’m thrilled to be able to go. In the past few months, I’ve just been so grateful every day of the circumstances in our life that allow us to do this, that I decided to revive an old tradition of mine.
Except this was in an old bedroom and I moved a few years ago. Since then, I’d keep a list of things I was grateful for in my journal, but they’re so much more powerful when you see them. And then I found this white board on the side of the road that said “Free.” Jackpot!
I bought a bunch of colored markers, hung it in the kitchen and wrote I’m Grateful… on the top of it. A few days later I asked Sante what he was grateful for.
When I wrote a few of his down, he asked, “Are you gonna change that to ‘We’re Grateful’ now?” My smile couldn’t have gotten bigger.
I don’t think I’ve ever really had an ongoing thanksgiving with someone. Maybe during actual Thanksgiving we’d all talk about what we’re thankful for, but this has really opened up conversation and my mind to how much more I have. I mean, I probably wouldn’t have thought to say I was grateful for a four-slot toaster.
What about you? How do you remind yourself to be thankful? Do you chat with others about it? I knew one family that said what they were thankful for every morning at breakfast. How rad is that?
I know in the next few weeks I’m going to be extremely grateful for drinking water. Embrace all your blessings folks. We’re surrounded by them!