Just some of the things that the kids shared they were thankful for during our Thanksgiving party at Kid’s Club this week. It was eye-opening for me to hear these kids mention some things that I often take for granted. It is good that we have one day a year set aside to eat turkey and mashed potatoes, but I know I could do a better job of being thankful the other 364 days. When I asked the kids what does thankfulness mean, one girl answered: “being happy with the very things I have”. That is pretty profound! It sounds a little bit like contentment doesn’t it? I then read the book Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern to them. (This is our two-year-old’s favorite book right now, and she has it pretty well memorized because my wife reads it to her almost every day). It is the story of an old man named Peter who thinks his house is too noisy. His bed and floor creak, his teapot whistles, and leaves are falling on his roof. He is told to get all kinds of animals who obviously make a lot more noise. When he is then told to get rid of them, he can embrace the beautiful quiet noise he had thought was loud. It is a lesson on being content with what I have and coming to the realization that maybe what I have is better than if I got what I wanted…
I love the saying: “contentment is not having what you want, but rather wanting what you have” I don’t know who to credit this to but it makes a lot of sense. If I can learn to be thankful for what I have, I can find joy in everyday life.
Challenge: Take a moment to give thanks in a childlike way for the “small” things in your life.