Same time every year, we are reminded to be thankful. The Pilgrims even put it in the name of the holiday so we wouldn't forget: Thanksgiving.
Is it possible that our forefathers foresaw a future where our predominant focus leans so heavily toward the negative that we need a yearly reminder to be thankful? I hope not.
Why do you suppose we're so much more thankful this time of year? Is it simply that the holiday is a perfect reminder? Is this time of year any better? Well, yes, in some ways, it is. The promise of great food and getting together with family members is always (often? mostly? sometimes?) something to be grateful for.
Then we have the changing of the season and the promise that this year is wrapping itself up with a whole new year on the horizon just waiting for you to make your mark on it. Certainly, all good reasons to be thankful.
But why are we not this way year round? Why do we not look deep into ourselves and realize that November is not some magical month where the gratitude switch gets flipped?
All those reasons why we're grumpy, mean, tired, sad, disappointed and hard-hearted the rest of the year don't just get put on pause. The economy is still in the toilet, our family is still a drama filled pain in the booty to deal with, and the weather can be horrendous.
Why do we seem to be able to cast all of that aside now? At this time of year? Because it's a habit. Simple as that.
We all know about habits - we've got good ones, bad ones, habits to develop, habits to break. Well here's one for you: Make being as thankful as you are during this season a year round habit. Count your blessings everyday and it'll be the best habit you ever develop.
Positive action and gratitude are contagious. When you focus on the positive, no matter how small, you'll start to see more positive. When you see more positive, you'll feel more positive. Others will see your positive action and they'll feel more positive. It's a snowball effect and it could be awesome.
We often see Clint Watson sign off with "Now Go Change the World". Recently Lori Woodward signed off with "Go Change Your World". What better way to make that change?
People tend to think of all the things they're thankful for this week when, in reality, we should think of these things everyday. While you're focusing on your blessings, focus on making gratitude a habit to keep year round. Don't let one day on the calendar tell you when to be thankful. You're a lucky person year round - please remember to act like it.
The FASO Team
Clint, Carrie, Padgett, Doug, Marsha, Jennifer, Lisa, Tami, Marianne, Sarah, Brian, Gayle