Editor's Note: November 2008
Author: Maggie Washo
“I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.”—Woody Allen
Remember in school, when we had to come up with lists of what we were most thankful for? Funny how this list always seemed to coincide with “Thanksgiving”. Hmmmm…. In fact, now that I think about it, no one ever asked me to write about how thankful I was in say, July. Which would have been a good time for me to make a list, because I wasn’t in school and therefore had plenty to be thankful for.
Why is it that we need Hallmark, turkey and tales of pilgrims (and perhaps our children, when they come home with their lists) to remind us to be thankful?
Some days it is really hard to be thankful. You know. Those days when everything goes wrong and the universe seems to be conspiring against you. It is on these particularly troublesome days that I find it helpful to start small. You know—lower your expectations. On one of “those days” my list might look something like this:
I am thankful…
…that I just spilled a cup of coffee all over myself on the way to work. Being neat is overrated.
…for the emergency root canal I went through today. At least I still have teeth!
…that my dog hasn’t bitten anyone in over a year. The canine therapy and Prozac must be working.
…that I have two crazy sisters. It must mean I’m the sane one.
…our accountant just yelled at me for spending too much money this month. We must still have money to spend.
…that it rained all weekend. How else would I have gotten my car clean without lifting a finger?
…for the lovely lady who left a nasty voicemail on my answering machine about the article she didn’t like last month. How else would I have known that I can’t please EVERYONE all of the time?
What are you thankful for?