When we tell each other what we’re grateful for, we say, “to live in the US.” Or, “my family and friends.” Or, “Good health.” Or, “a beautiful home.”
I mean, yeah, I’m grateful for those things, too. But have you ever noticed that rarely are we grateful for intangible things? Like emotions?
I’m grateful for the capacity to forgive.
I’m grateful for love, giving it and receiving it.
I’m grateful for discernment.
I’m grateful for wisdom, dedication, a work ethic.
I’m grateful to be openminded.
I’m grateful for flexibility, for peace of mind, for emotional wellbeing.
I’m grateful that I’m able to be grateful!
We can have all these tangible things, but it really doesn’t mean much without the intangible.
We can have good health, but without sound emotional health, we’re not fully healthy. We can have family and friends, but without the capacity to forgive, and without love, these are not strong relationships.
That’s why I think we need to be thankful for the intangible before we start being thankful for the tangible. Stuff is just stuff. It doesn’t mean anything until it’s associated with people. And people are much more than the stuff they have. They have depth, emotions, and vulnerabilities. And those are things for which to be thankful. Those are things that make us human, that make us able to be thankful.
So today I’m thankful for tears. I’m thankful for mistakes. I’m thankful for courage and resilience. I’m thankful for empathy, for optimism, and for faith.
And with those intangible things, I am able to be grateful for strong relationships and my health and all those other Thanksgiving buzzwords.
I will not be posting on Thanksgiving, but I hope everyone has a great holiday!!!