I’ll call this thanks of omission
: wherever we’re at in life, there are infinite circumstances that could be worse for us. I think particularly of the space we’re in right now: I have time, energy and resources to write a blog post; you have time, energy and resources to read it. Our ability to make this little mental transaction instead of, say, spending our days fighting for our lives, is a privilege only a small percentage of the world population gets (a similar thought in this post: How to Rule the Whole Freaking World
.by Sonia Simone
Two other odd examples for me personally:
a. I’ve never had an injury involving broken bones or losing teeth.
b. I’ve never had to deal with broken windows in my car. Even after having one totalled several years back. And after living and parking in high auto theft areas in Canada.So… what’s an omission in your life that you’re thankful for?
2Particularly over the last few years, when I think about being thankful, my thoughts gravitate more to people than to things (with lots of room still to grow in this area). However, this thankfulness comes into strangely sharper focus after you’ve helped bring a person into the world: our 20-month-old daughter isn’t perfect, but lately she’s had moments where she’s a living breathing cartoon character out of Disney’s Steamboat Willy.
On one level, she does nothing for me.
On a deeper level, she’s probably more a saving grace for me than I may ever realize.
I’m thankful for my wife who’s helped her be this way, and believes in me even in my less-than-perfect present situation. Lovingly taking care of the combined birthday/Thanksgiving baking while I sit at my laptop is something I’m also immensely grateful for.
I’m thankful for family & friends who’ve embraced and not judged.
They’ve helped me enjoy the many omissions from point 1.
So… who are you thankful for? (technically it’s whom but that looks a touch too hifallutin…).
Wish you all a great Thanksgiving!
title image: Freedom From Want by Norman Rockwell