Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, coming in second to Christmas and a close tie with my birthday, which isn’t really a holiday so it gets third place. The first time I hosted Thanksgiving was in 2012 in my tiny apartment in Brooklyn. My house mates and I started prepping the food Wednesday night and got up early on Thursday to have everything ready for our 12 guest. We cooked everything, turkey, of course, then there was ham, mashed potatoes, candied yams, stuffing, corn, green bean casserole, gravy, cornbread, biscuits, and we couldn’t forget the dessert, apple pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and chocolate mousse pie. Are you getting as hungry as I am thinking about this?
If you’ve never lived in New York City you may not understand how much a struggle it was to accomplish this event. Our apartment consisted of 4 rooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom. Normal people might see this and think, ok, living room, dining room maybe, or three bedrooms but no. All four other rooms were make shift bedrooms. We borrowed some tables and chairs and actually accomplished to put together a nice dining room table… in my 10ft by 10ft bedroom. Yes, my 10×10 room fit 12 for dinner. We had to take my bed and the dresser into my flat mate’s room to make this work, but when there’s a will there’s a way, right?
We ate, played games, and most importantly, shared what we were thankful for. This was the first of a four year tradition, which has continued even in my absence. Some of the people changed, we finally got a bigger dining place the last year, but one thing remained the same. We sat together as friends that had become more like family and gave thanks for the wonderful life we got to share.
At this point you may be thinking, why are you talking about Thanksgiving now? It’s still March right? Well, I believe that everyday should be thanksgiving. Meaning that every day we should give thanks for the things we have. It’s so easy to get caught up in the things we don’t have. It’s easy to look forward to the future we want to be living and forget to be thankful for this journey. But once you start to recognize that every day can be a day of thanksgiving you will gain a different and better perspective.
I have been challenged several times in my life to make a “thankful journal.” This means to write down every day at least ten things you’re grateful for. I would like to now extend this challenge to you. I believe that you will begin to see the world with different eyes.
These are my ten things from today:
- Waking up next to a man who loves and supports me in everything that I do
- That it had stopped raining before I had to bike to work this morning
- The sunshine during my half hour lunch break
- The left over Thai curry I packed for lunch
- Being able to be a part of a great team at the mermaid house
- Getting off thirty minutes early from work so I was able to make it to church on time
- The wonderful message that was shared at church about the storms of life and how I find that God has been speaking the same thing to me through different people this week.
- The fun I had playing ping pong with David in the church lounge
- The great Swiss transit that is taking me home tonight
- My perfectly priced, big, cozy, apartment in the countryside.
- And that God has provided my husband and I with more than we need to survive and everything we need to thrive.