Thanksgiving’s coming. Are you prepared to be thankful? I talked today at the Oh Get a Grip blog about thankfulness in the face of adversity. It’s a tough topic and I know from experience that being thankful isn’t easy. Sometimes just smiling and acting like things are okay hurts so bad that we have to escape other people and hide and cry. Sometimes when we’re in the midst of crisis there seems to be no opening at the other end of the pitch-black cave we’re trapped inside.
2008 has been a terrible year for me, but it hasn’t been my worst year. I’ve had a lot of adversity, but I’ve had a lot of success. It’s so easy to forget that. When things are bad, I focus on one phrase. In the spring of 1997, a woman from my church stood up to give a testimony. This woman, who I didn’t know well because we were new to the church, was battling cancer and in fact knew that her cancer at that point was terminal. She died later that year. But that morning, she was vibrant. I don’t remember much of what she said, but I will always remember two things. She had the most glorious bright smile when she stood up to speak. Genuine happiness flooded from her, and she said those words that have stuck with me, words I think of when things truly seem to suck beyond the telling. She told of what she thought about when she woke in the morning: Cool. I woke up again. What are we going to do today?
Every day is a gift and something to be thankful for, not just at Thanksgiving, but everyday. Cool. You woke up today. What are you going to do?