As I write this, our country is on hold—or at least it feels that way. With no clear result (yet), we all seem to be waiting for ballot numbers and more. It can be stressful, freezing our movements and thoughts. Let’s be honest, waiting is never easy. But yesterday, after 12 hours like this, I realized that being frozen was doing very little good for me or anyone else.
So, I made a list and began to work.
Lists for me are helpful. The satisfaction of checking off an item and moving on—I get a thrill from that. I have lists on the fridge, on my phone, in my Google Calendar, and in my bullet journal (Don’t know what that is? Google it and welcome to my rabbit hole… .). My parents will tell you, I was making lists in elementary school. It is how I am wired.
November will be tough, my friends. No matter what happens in the next few days, or weeks, November will be tough. Thanksgiving will look different with traveling and other norms on hold. But, instead of getting frozen, I want you to make a list. Yes, a list! I want you to jot down each day something you are grateful for. It is not a task list, so don’t feel that I am adding to your already stressful life. Make a list of what you are grateful or thankful for. Just a phrase or two for each day of November. Sounds simple, right?
I started my list on the 1st of November, and its been a good exercise for me. So far, I have listed 4 things for 4 days—and no, I am not sharing, its private. Don’t share your list, either. By keeping it private, we can be honest with ourselves and say what we are truly grateful for… and for me, a few days ago, it was a washing machine. (OK, I shared one, but you get my point. The reason why I was thankful for the machine? TMI, my friends. TMI.) You may be surprised at what you are grateful for, what you cannot live without, and what you would grab in case of a (metaphorical) fire.
Since Luther taught that God provides all that we need for our “daily bread,” it seems fitting (while the world is on a razor’s edge) that we stop and give thanks where it is due. Perhaps November will be tough, but maybe we can balance it with some positive thoughts and a few good lists. Or at least one.
Blessings and peace,