Capturing Gratefulness One Second at a Time
Photo by Adam Falk
Happy Day-Before-Thanksgiving! Any holiday that involves good food, a great message and a hearty apple pie is a favorite in my book. Plus, I like all beverages that are spiced (or, better yet, spiked) with something pumpkin-flavored.
I’m one of those annoying family members who gets really deep on the holidays. As in, a pour-your-heart-out kind of sappy. To be honest, I’m a bit like this all year. So when the calendar gives me an excuse to hype it up a little, I don’t disappoint.
Our life is nothing more than a collection of seconds. Don’t throw away time waiting for something momentous.
Each year, I remember to thank God for the big stuff: my health, my relationship, my family, my home and my work. Inevitably, there have been years when one of those items felt undeserving to be on the checklist— and I’m sure you’ve all been there at some point. Whether it be battling an illness, warding off a destructive relationship, or searching for a job, we all have Turkey Days when we don’t feel especially thankful. I wish we had an app for that.
Since Apple is too busy creating the next iPhone, we should come up with our own solution. Over the past year, I’ve worked on enjoying the smallest moments. I’m talking about mere seconds of goodness. A quarter on the ground. The driver who waves at you. A grandmother’s hug. The homeless man who is still smiling. A free refill. Sharing a bottle of wine. A child’s laugh. The moments you hear, “I love you,” and “Welcome home.” Or when a stranger lets you go first in line.
Our life is nothing more than a collection of seconds. Don’t throw away time waiting for something momentous. Rather, enjoy the moments in between, which you’ll find are often more significant.∗