As always, I’m a little late to the party but I assure you, there’s good reason. I started thinking about focus words back in December and couldn’t settle on one and figured I just wouldn’t pick something for this year and instead, continue on with last year’s focus word of “Simplicity” and build off the amazing ride that has been. Minimalism and simplicity are beautiful things to practice in this over-crowded, over-cluttered world we live in.
As the month of January rolled on (going by WAY too quickly if you ask me!) and as I’ve really been wrestling with myself over life, convictions and trying to find a good balance to this ever-changing life of mine, one thing kept popping into my head: Thankfulness.
Now, I’m generally a thankful person. I appreciate when friends come to my aid, listen to my ramblings or offer words of encouragement when my mom-fails pile up faster than my laundry. However…when things aren’t going well, I tend to revert very quickly to a glass half-empty mind set that can be very difficult to shake. Every day frustrations get under my skin, my patience wears thinner than a cheap pair of underwear and even the tiniest of inconveniences threatens to undo my entire day (or week…).
What I’ve found to be an ever increase need in my life is to be thankful in ALL situations, not just the ones that happen to roll in my favor. And thus has begun another journey for 2015: My quest to be Intentionally Thankful.
So what does that look like in my life? Simply put, being thankful in all circumstance. Being thankful in happiness, being thankful when things are going my way and thankful when they’re not. Being thankful when my heart is aching and thankful when life is so overwhelming that I can’t sleep. Thankful when I’m filled to capacity and thankful when my tank is dry and crumbling. Thankful when I’m surrounded and thankful in my loneliest of lonely times.
Thankfulness is easy when things are going well but a lot harder when times are tough. Yet, down the road, once those tough seasons are behind us, we tend to see that those tough times shaped us, molded us and sent us down the paths that ultimately led to thankful times. The problem is that we don’t tend to see it when we’re up to our elbows in garbage.
And so I will strive for thankfulness. In good and bad. But especially in the bad.
Because I choose to believe that the things that hurt the most in life are the things that can have the great impact for good. Beauty in the broken.