In this wonderful week where an entire country is wholeheartedly encouraged to be intentional in their expression of gratitude, let’s keep it short, simple, and straight to the point…
Let’s quote the quip from author John Ortberg in another one of his witty-titled books, “When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box.” Writes Ortberg:
“Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.”
And so this Thanksgiving, let us be honest with ourselves. Let us ask…
Where am I unable to see life as a gift?
What has gotten in the way?
Where am I (knowingly or unknowingly) preoccupied with self?
A wise person is known for their gratitude.
A wise person is generous in their expression of gratitude.
A wise person knows a simultaneously felt emotion need not be cause to omit gratitude.
It’s that short. That simple.
So to the point, this Thanksgiving, may we be wise.