I’m teaching my children about gratitude.
Practicing gratitude during a season where they are consistently bombarded with images and messages telling them to ask for more has been challenging.
That’s putting it mildly.
It’s been downright impossible.
There, I said it.
I couldn’t quite nail it at first. It felt like my words just sailed over their little heads. There at the kitchen table one night, I gave what I thought was a simple yet profound talk about the importance of being grateful and the importance of being good stewards over that which we’ve been blessed. In return, I got 4 pairs of beautiful brown eyes staring back at me.
Message not received.
So I decided to take a different approach.
I decided to allow my actions to show them how to be grateful. For the next 3 weeks, I’m turning off the TV, turning off the radio, and am limiting my Internet usage to only writing and work.
So far, this has not been easy.
I figured that my voice was competing with all the other voices out there, and quite frankly I shouldn’t have to compete.
The world wants us to believe that this is the season of spending. I believe otherwise. More than anything right now, we need to embrace and believe that this is the season of silence, of quiet reflection. This is the season of miracles. This is the season of thanksgiving.
While it’s been a little quiet around the house lately, there’s surprisingly more chatter around the kitchen table – completely unexpected and wonderful chatter. In shutting out the world, my kids are learning that we already have enough. There’s abundance all around us: abundance in love, trust, respect, friendship, peace, and hope.
All of the great things you realize you have when you are still.