As I stood there under the warm water, negative thoughts still flowing around me I realized something.
Today is November 1st
November. The month that we celebrate Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving. Giving Thanks. Gratitude.
And here I was,
I had just had a good nights sleep, safe and comfortable in a warm bed, next to an amazing man. I had been able to kneel down surrounded by family and have family prayer while the rain fell and the temperature outside dropped. Here I was standing under a flow of clean water at just the perfect temperature...
taking it all for granted.
I was CHOOSING to focus on those negative thoughts. Choosing to fall deeper into that downward spiral.
That was when I remembered last November. When I had started up an event called "A Month of Thanksgiving" on Facebook. I even tried to do that here on the blog.
So I decided, I CHOSE if you will, to focus on the things that I had to be thankful for. I got out of the shower, fired up the old computer, logged on to FB and proceeded to make this November like the last. I created another Month of Thanksgiving event for this year and started to focus on what I am thankful for.
At 7:25 a.m. as I am adding friends to the invite to this event, I realized that none of the kids were up. Jona's school starts at 7:45. I went upstairs and got things moving. He stepped out of the car in front of the school at 7:40 while finishing up a piece of cold pizza for breakfast and a pocket full of mints so his breath didn't stink. The traffic getting out of there was intense so I took a longer route home.
George and McKenna had left while I was dropping Jona off. Their classes start at 8:15. The phone rang at 8:10. George had left his binder that contains everything he needs for each class at home. So out into the rain (which was coming down much harder now) I went to take George's binder to the school.
side note: the kids get one "free pass" where I am willing to do something like this for them
Even with the creation of that event and the reminder to be thankful I was STILL having to really work at not focusing on the negativity. I felt like some sort of magnet for the negative today.
But I'm not a magnet. It's an option that I have available to me.
I have the ability to CHOOSE to focus on the negative or on the positive. No one is forcing me either way.
It's my choice.
And boy howdy am I thankful for that choice.
So as I start off this Month of Thanksgiving I'm thankful for Choice and my ability to choose.
What are you Thankful for?
Care to join me as I strive to be thankful this month?
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The world needs more than one day of Thanksgiving. Don't you think?