“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
– Eckhart Tolle
Ok. I think I’m gonna do it this year.
So, I know you’ve all seen the November challenge on Facebook, right? No, not the no-shave November thing. (My boyfriend would probably not be too thrilled if I participated in that. And besides, I’d have to buy larger shirts to fit my arms in if I didn’t shave for 30 days. That pit hair is comparable to a Chia Pet when it gets out of control. Seriously. Ok, TMI, moving on….)
And no, not the “write a novel in a month” November thing (NaNoWriMo). Ha! Like that’s going to happen. I haven’t written a novel in 35 years so far, so I doubt it’s going to happen in the month of November.
No, what I’m talking about is the 30 Days of Gratitude. Each day, your status is supposed to be about whatever you’re thankful for that day. Every November, I see it roll around, and every November, I just read everyone else’s status messages and go about my business without participating. Well, today, I asked myself a question. “Self,” I said, (that’s what I like to call myself)…
“What the heck is wrong with you??”
Come on, chick. You have a bajillion patrillion things to be thankful for. Why not dedicate a month of blogs to them?
So, here I am.
Now, I’m going to do my best to not make them generic. No “today I’m thankful for my family” crap. No, that’s too easy. These things are going to be specific. Not just “family,” but which member of the family? And why? You know, stuff like that.
So, there’s no time like today to put my money where my mouth is.
Today, November 1, would have been my grandfather, Greene Halsey’s, 86th birthday.
So, today, I’m thankful for him. Thankful that he existed. Thankful for the family name that he passed down. Thankful for the red hair that my kids got because of him. Thankful for the quiet, honorable man that he was. Thankful for his insistence that my shoes remain spotless (oh, the memories of seeing him endlessly shining all of our shoes until they practically sparkled). Thankful for the funny things that he would say on the random times that he did decide to speak up. Thankful for the money he’d always slip me when he thought no one was looking…and thankful for watching him do the same thing with my kids as they got older. Thankful for the lesson that you don’t have to be loud and obnoxious to make your mark on the world. This quiet man managed to leave behind a legacy with very few words, only actions. The many non-dramatic, sometimes non-noticed, small tokens of the love that he didn’t quite know how to verbalize remain in all of our memories.
He left this world in February of 2012, but in the ways that matter, he still remains.
So, for my November month of gratitude, I hereby officially nominate Greene Halsey as the first addition to the list. Welcome, Pa-paw.
And thank you.
And to the rest of you – here’s my challenge to you. This year, why don’t you join me? There’s no reason not to. If you don’t want to write it, don’t. No status is needed. No blog entry is required. Just force yourself, every day for this one little month in your life, to dedicate each and every day to one specific thing for which you’re thankful. By the end of this month, I’m betting that you’ll be surprised at just how blessed you really are. And maybe, just maybe, you won’t stop on November 30.
See you tomorrow.
“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”
– Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray Love