By elaine | November 19, 2013
This morning, about to leave for church, I grabbed my good coat off a hanger and began to slip it on. Unfortunately, my sweater sleeves were too bulky to go into the sleeves of the coat. Frustrated, I hung it back up and grabbed the oversize fleece jacket that I usually wear when running. I knew that my sweater sleeves would fit, but I was very uncomfortable wearing such a casual jacket to church. Oh well, it couldn’t be helped. As I put the car keys into the jacket pocket, I felt something different. I pulled out my driver’s license! How long had that been in the pocket? I hadn’t worn the jacket for almost a week, and wasn’t planning on wearing it in the near future. While it might not seem like such a big deal, in this circumstance, I let out a “whoop” of joy! There was a reason for that. The next morning I was leaving on a week-long business trip with an early morning flight. I would have grabbed my purse on the way out the door, thinking that my license was in my wallet. I can imagine being totally freaked out when I wouldn’t be able to produce my identification at check-in! That would have been a huge problem, and my worst nightmare. I was incredibly thankful and relieved that I had chosen the sweater with big sleeves, put on that old running jacket and best of all, stumbled upon my license in the pocket. What a gift that chain of events was.
November is a month for connecting with the things, people and circumstances you are thankful for. In many households, before Thanksgiving dinner begins, there is a ritual of going around the table and telling others what you are thankful for. Usually we hear answers like family, a good job, and sometimes even that your football team won…all great responses. This year we’re putting a twist on that game at our house. Everyone is going to share a “little wonder” that happened to them that they are thankful for – one of those small things that happen to let us know that we’re on the right track. If your family is going through a deployment, you might not be thankful for that “big” circumstance that takes you apart. But can you look for things to be grateful in that circumstance? Maybe a child has “stepped up” and helped out more than expected or maybe you found solitude in a few moments of alone time to catch-up on a hobby. Share something that makes you smile, “whoop” for joy, and recognize that all those little “gratitudes” pile up into a great day. This year, I just might tell the story of my driver’s license!