Today is the day after Thanksgiving, and as most people around the country do, I am sipping my caramel apple spice for the last time, eating heaps of leftovers, and pulling out all of our Christmas decorations.
But, for the first time I am struck by the thought, What do I do now that I have celebrated being thankful? We spend the whole month of November counting all of our blessings. We make lists. We celebrate people. And while all of this is very good, I can’t help but sit here today and wonder what to do next.
I read something on Instagram about how Black Friday is the day when people trample others for cheap goods mere hours after being thankful for what they already have.
And it made me wonder if I do that in my own life.
I try to live my life in gratitude by loving and serving others well. Yet, when I really take a step back I see that I have settled for an attitude that is less than grateful. I’ve been ungrateful, and it shows from the position of my heart, and the words that flow from it. Our tongues have the capacity to speak life or death over others. Our words, along with the position of our hearts, can be a deadly combination. I have used words that were not uplifting; I have spoken negatively instead of using cheerful speech; I have torn myself and others down with my words. I have lied, and I have been a downright sinful human.
What if we chose and declared thankfulness over 2014? What if the new year ushers in a season for each Quarterlife Woman to share gratitude with each other everyday?
I want to be the kind of woman who is known for her thankful spirit and love. I want that to be my attitude everyday, not just on Thanksgiving Day. I understand that is a lofty goal, but it is one I would love attain. I hope you do, too.
Instead of dismissing the attitude of thankfulness and trading it for a brawl over cheap goods, let’s maintain gratitude on this Black Friday.
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