Everyday life takes so much out of us. Our minds are often cluttered with thoughts of work, school, our kids school, our spouse's work, our bills, our dirty dishes, messy house, pets, grocery shopping, cooking, and at this time of year, Holiday travel. When we get a break we plop down in front of the TV or with a book and lose ourselves in the fiction.
In our family, every night before dinner we say grace. Our grace includes something that we are thankful for that day. Unfortunately, we have gotten into the habit of saying that we are thankful for family, friends, weather, pets and food. While we are all thankful for those things, it has become so automatic that we just say them so we can start eating.
I am going to try to encourage my family to actually think about something that they are grateful for, rather than just saying our automatic answers. I hope that they will find as many things to be thankful for as I have.
Here are just a few of my status updates this month.