It’s November and my Facebook feed has been full of people posting one thing they are grateful for each day during this month of gratitude. What a wonderful spiritual practice!
A friend of mine made this month-long practice into a life-long practice. She would name one thing for which she was thankful each day before going to sleep. She practiced this even on the days where everything seemed to go wrong and on the days when everything went her way. She practiced this even in the hard times and during the good times. Gratitude was a way of life for her.
As we gather around tables at Thanksgiving, whether it is a table for twenty or a table for one, take time to remember one thing for which you are truly thankful. You may want to even say it out loud. What is one thing for which you can give thanks? Maybe it is for the meal you are about to eat. Maybe it is for good health for you or a friend or family member. Maybe it is to have people in your life to love. Maybe it is that you awoke to a new day.
Thirteenth-century theologian and mystic Meister Eckhart is known for saying, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, that would be enough.”
So today I would encourage you to make gratitude a daily practice. Think of one thing you are thankful for each day — one day at a time. Practicing gratitude as a way of life is not always easy, but if we try to make this a daily practice, we may find ourselves living more contented and peaceful lives.