This should not be.
This year, somewhere between the feast and the football, I urge you slip away, take pencil and paper in hand, and list the five things, people, or circumstances for which you are most grateful.
I bet you will be unable to limit your list to five things. That's okay. Make your list as long or as short as it needs to be, but name at least five things.
Write your top five or seven or ten things on a small piece of paper and tuck it away in your wallet where you can refer to it every day and be thankful. Then, I urge you, whenever you feel low, pull out your list, read you top five, and be grateful. If my experience is an indication, it will boost your attitude.
My top five are
- My wife, who has put up with me through four years of dating, forty-nine years of marriage, one war, four children, and nineteen addresses.
- My four children, each one unique, each one different, each enriching my life in his or her own wonderful way.
- My grandchildren. Had I known how wonderful grand kids were, I'd have had them first.
- Myriad friends, neighbors and acquaintances, recently met or long time known. My life is infinitely richer for knowing each of you.
My list could go on, and it will, but not here.
Now, it's your turn. For what five things are you most thankful?