It is the 2nd day of November and my Facebook feed is filling up with the annual 30 days of thankfulness posts. This bugs me, a great deal. Let me clarify, it isn’t that I don’t believe gratitude is a good thing because it is. We should all count out blessings. You’ve seen the posts, “what if you woke up tomorrow with only those things you thanked God for today?” Great question.
The reason it bothers me to see this is because I would hope people had an attitude of gratitude year round. Every day we are bombarded with so much negativity that it is easy to believe the world is a big, bad, scary place. Good news doesn’t seem to bring in ratings but wow does that bad story bring it in. Why can’t we focus on the positive? What would that look like?
Take racial tensions. What if instead of all the hate, the news only focused on the good, the positive, people helping people of all races? To see the headlines one would think there is far more hatred between races than really exists. Instead of films of rioting and hate crimes, photos and video of folks working side by side, doing great things together for others. It would foster positive feelings and maybe trust between people rather than suspicion. Novel idea isn’t it?
Instead of filling our eyes and ears with stories of thug teenagers, why not focus on the kids that get outside of their comfort zones and help folks? It might inspire others to do the same.
I know there are crooked cops, but for every one we hear about there are hundreds if not thousands who go beyond the call of duty with the simplest of gestures. Find them, show me those men and women.
Catholic priests who do bad things…yes it happens. But all across this country there are thousands of men of the cloth going about with acts of kindness and love that are unheard of because it doesn’t sell papers.
I don’t want a month out of 12 to focus on things to be thankful for, not when there are 365 days each year when we should all stop long enough to find just one thing to be grateful for and share that. 335 more days of giving thanks, what would the year look like if we did that? How much better would we all feel and the world around us look?
On my outgoing message for voice mail I end it with this question (and 90% of callers actually answer when they leave a message), and feel free to answer in the comments below because I would enjoy reading the answers: What is the best thing to happen to you today?