What Are You Thankful For?
In 1918, 500 million people were infected with the Spanish Flu.
Mask mandates were ordered. Government officials called for people to stay home. People were hospitalized, and 50 million people died.
There was no vaccine to stop it, and decades passed before scientists decoded it.
And now, history seems to be repeating itself.
It may not be obvious
Most of us have never lived through a pandemic, so we call it unprecedented.
But there is still much to be thankful for.
You’re alive. You’re breathing. You have food on the table, and shelter over your head.
We take these things for granted. But can you imagine living without them?
What does it mean to be thankful? And how can you cultivate a spirit of thankfulness all year?
When I looked up the word thankful, the Oxford dictionary mentioned the word “relief” twice.
Relief is what you feel when a burden is lightened or lifted. If someone does this for you, you thank them. If you can’t identify a person to thank, you might thank God or the universe. You do it because you feel obliged to.
A good deed creates a debt.
Most people won’t accept money for good deeds (unless it’s a business transaction). So you repay with a favor or another good deed. And if your act of kindness pales in comparison, you heap expressions of gratitude on top to sweeten your gift.
Nobody really likes to live life on their own. We need others to make life full. Thank someone for their kindness. Offer kindness to someone, regardless of their ability to repay. Do it because it brings you pleasure, not to create an obligation.
Spread gratitude and you spread relief. In a world turned upside down, that may be the greatest gift you can give anyone.
Do this all year long and you’ll have more to be grateful for.