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Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m certain I was frustrated by more than one homework assignment during elementary school. But the one I remember best was when I was asked to write a list of five things I was thankful for. How was it possible to narrow the list to just five? I was sure to leave something important off—and I didn’t want to seem ungrateful or overlook anything obvious. I tried to combine elements so that I could fit more on my list. If I said “people,” that one item could include my friends, family, and teachers!

If I were handed that assignment today I’d still feel the same way. I don’t think I could possibly narrow the list of good things in my life to fit into a handful of categories. I’d start with books, music, food, family, and friends…but what about animals, my apartment, museums, and the smell of baking bread?

That’s one of the reasons I appreciate books like Give Thanks for Each Day. Rather than focusing on Thanksgiving alone or the big things we often talk about being grateful for, it lists many of the small things that make up each and every day. Hugs, stories, crayons, baths, and a walk in the park all have their place in the pages of this book.

While I try to find something to be truly grateful for every day, it’s not always easy to appreciate the small moments. Small moments of gratitude seem to come and go with the frustrations and challenges of each day. This Thanksgiving I’m going to resist the temptation to list everything I’m grateful for. Instead I’m going to appreciate the time I have with loved ones and try to recognize the moments that bring me joy—whether they’re big or small.

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