Thanksgiving, the week we all think and talk about thankfulness. The month when our Facebook feeds are busy with friends participating in the "Gratitude Project". When newsletters and blog posts lists the things the writers and senders are grateful for. This week yoga teachers everywhere will be asking their students to have "an attitude of gratitude". It's the time of year when we collectively and publicly show our appreciation.
This very public outpouring of gratitude, which I like to think is a reflection of a more private practice, is nice. And I believe it's mostly sincere. It's lovely actually, to witness so much universal energy and bandwidth being devoted to gratitude. It's good to take stock.
But why the flood each November? Why not a daily trickle of gratitude? Most of us save up all of our being grateful and thanks-giving for this week because to be this good, and this right, and this grateful is a bit exhausting. I am certain there are people who take some time for grand displays of gratitude each and every day. And they are better, or at least more grateful, than I.
This holiday week I feel inspired to try something a little less daunting, and hopefully more sustainable. I simply want to notice how many times each day do I say "Thank You" directly to another person for whatever reason. And more importantly how many times each day do I NOT say "Thank You" when I should have. I'll take stock, not of all the things I am grateful for, but of this simple two-word exchange. I'll practice a daily trickle of thanks.