On Wednesday I signed on to write my mid week blog post, which I had decided would be about taking some time on Thursday, which of course was Thanksgiving, to give thanks for all that you have. I know, we do that anyway through most holiday traditions, but the way that I had it sounding in my head worked well.
Unfortunately the blogging forum was temporarily unavailable, so I stepped away from my computer and went for my morning run. Upon returning, my mom called to tell me that my aunt, who had been fighting a tough battle against cancer, had lost her fight the night before.
Though we knew that it was going to happen, we were, of course, devastated.
My aunt was the life of most rooms. She loved to dance and have fun, and while she took a lot of things seriously-her three kids, her grandchildren, her job, her home-she also knew what to take not so seriously.
This has been a difficult week for me. Yet her leaving left something behind. This morning when I took my long run, I stopped about halfway through to watch the ocean, the sun rising, and the full moon shining over the waves. I thought about her for a while, and cried some, and I realized that while giving thanks is important for Thanksgiving, giving thanks should really be done every single day of the week.
How often do we sit down at our dinner tables with our families and tell them why we love them? Or what we are thankful for? How often do we look our children in the eyes and say, “I’m thankful that I have you because . . . ” and then tell them what they do that we find special.
It is often way too easy to get caught up in the craziness of things-bills, soccer practice, work, obligations-and to be so tired when we sit down for dinner, or before we go to bed at night, that we forget to tell the people that we love just how much, and why, we love them, and are thankful to have them in our lives.
So while turkey day has come and gone, and all that remains at this point is some leftover pie and turkey, take some time now to fit giving thanks into your life every single day. Make it a point to look at the people that you love and tell them why you love them. This is what they will remember in the future, and is what will make them grow to be strong and proud.