Today is November 1, 2011. I like the short version better. 11/1/11. How cool is that? With the exception of 1/1/11, the only date cooler this year will be 11/11/11, but that’s still ten days away. We’ll have to wait it out to see what that day brings.
November means that Halloween is over and Christmas is right around the corner. Right? That’s what the retail industry wants us to believe. The stores have already marked down the Halloween decorations to 75% off and the Christmas decorations are out on display. They’re ready to push us into the biggest shopping month of the year, December. But hold on! Don’t get caught up in the shopping frenzy of the holiday season just yet.
Instead, consider celebrating this month for the holiday it’s most famous for…Thanksgiving! Our society rushes from Halloween to Christmas faster and faster each year, leaving no time to focus on our nation’s holiday of thanks.
It’s not always going to be huge or earth shattering, just a simple acknowledgment of my thankfulness for the day. And when the day is not going so well, it will be a good reminder that even on the worst of days there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for.
So, if you’d like to join me this month just answer the question “What am I thankful for today?” You can share your daily response on Facebook or Twitter, write it down in a journal, or say it aloud. Whatever works best for you.
Together we can do our part to slow down the time between Halloween and Thanksgiving and use it to give thanks where thanks is due. I’ll bet by the time we get to Thanksgiving each of us will know how truly blessed we are.