Each year at the Thanksgiving table, we take turns sharing what we are most grateful for. Some are obvious and grand: the birth of a healthy baby or a new job. Some are more nuanced: a struggle that taught us an important lesson - a blessing in disguise. Children's responses often bring a smile - whether giving thanks for the simple joys of chocolate or a beloved grandparent.
As I was reflecting on the past year and thinking about what I wanted to share, it occurred to me: Why do we reserve this tradition for the Thanksgiving table? I start most mornings with a personal gratitude practice - thanking God for the big and little joys in my life - and it helps me put into perspective the highs and lows I encounter throughout the day. Until this week, I had never thought to incorporate this practice into family meals throughout the year.
Special traditions are part of what lend warmth to our holiday celebrations, but some of the practices can - and perhaps should - be extended into our everyday life. As you go through your celebrations in the coming weeks, take stock of your favorite elements. Are there activities or practices you can incorporate into your regular rhythms? How can you extend this season of gratitude throughout the year?