Snapshots of Thankfulness

320 days ago I was given a book called 364 Days of Thanksgiving, by Andrew Schroer.

This book challenged me to take a moment each day, for 364 days to write down something that I am thankful for.

The thankful moments are supposed to be unique each day which forces me to take tiny snapshots instead of always looking at the big picture. I can’t simply write, “I am thankful for my kids” because it encompasses too much. However, I can write about a specific game time with my youngest, or a quick car conversation with my oldest. I write about being thankful that we have a weekend day at home together with no plans and I write about being thankful when they go back to school on Monday.

It has also given me an opportunity to take snapshots of my jobs and adult life. Comments about coworkers that are excellent at their jobs. Observations of ways that the community surrounds those who are sick and hurting. Moments where I relish the fact that I get to work with my husband and we enjoy each other!

On the last day, #365 I will take the time to read through all of these thankful moments and reflect on my year. I know some of my thankful moments will be very lighthearted (clean socks) while others very big moments (a friend finishing cancer treatments). The important lesson to hold onto is that there is something to be thankful for in every moment.

Our day-to-day lives are filled with moments. Sometimes the tough moments can feel overwhelming. During this year of thankfulness, I have watched friends fight cancer, lose family members, start new school situations and struggle with children who are facing their own challenges. In the midst of those tough moments, stopping to see the good was an important way to find balance and hope.

The month of November is typically a month of thankfulness leading up to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Perhaps you and your family would like to try a 2 week challenge of a similar sort. Write down each day a snapshot item that you are thankful for. It can be a warm house on a cool morning, clean clothes in the hamper, or a kind smile from a stranger. On Thanksgiving Day, read through the items that you are thankful for. Share them with each other and BE THANKFUL!

If you would like to try the 364 day version, you can get a copy of Andrew Schroer’s book here.

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