When the fourth Thursday of November rolls around, most of us pause to give thanks. Many of us are thankful for good health, friends, family, employment and faith. All of these are so important, and we are lucky if we have them.
At the same time, it is often the little things that tend to bring us the most pleasure on a daily basis. To “jazz up” your Thanksgiving conversation this year, why not see how many tiny pleasures you can think of for which you are truly thankful? You can get the conversation started with this list, and then see what the people around your table would add.
I AM SURPRISINGLY THANKFUL FOR…
- Getting to use the restroom when I really need to go.
- Encountering no unexpected troubles or difficulties when running errands.
- Having someone tell me that I don’t have to take care of a responsibility that I have been dreading.
- Having perfect weather for my outdoor event.
- Being seated at a great table in a restaurant.
- Waking up feeling fine after fearing the night before that I was getting sick.
- Scoring better on a test than I thought I would.
- Getting all green lights and a terrific parking spot, especially when I am in a rush.
- Being told the repair I needed was minor, instead of the expensive one I had feared.
- Finding a new appliance to replace an old one that fits exactly into the existing space.
- Unexpectedly receiving flowers, recognition, or appreciation.
- Hearing about something good that happened to my child (or other loved one).
- Hearing my name called out as being the “lucky winner.”
- Trying a new recipe and having it turn out exactly as it looks in the picture.
- Being on a flight that takes off on time, making my connection, and then seeing my luggage appear on the carousel.
- Having my pet cuddle up against me and make sounds of contentment.
- Sipping cool water when I am thirsty.
- Completing everything on my to-do list.
- Having lip balm on hand when my lips are chapped.
- Receiving a hand-written letter.
- Waking up just before my alarm goes off.
- Changing out of formal clothes into sweats or pajamas.
- Waking up to the smell of coffee someone else has made.
- Receiving a call from my child call for no particular reason.
- Witnessing a beautiful sunrise or sunset.
- Slipping into a bed with freshly washed sheets.
- Sensing the scent of spring in the air for the first time after winter.
- Being addressed by name.
- Finishing the crossword puzzle.
- Sleeping through the entire night without waking up.
- Beginning the first day of vacation.
Do any of these resonate with you? What small pleasure are you thankful for this year?