It seems like hardly enough to say thanks and move onto the next thing this time of year, the Thanksgiving to New Years cycle.

It also feels inadequate not to express in someway how deeply thankful I am of my life.

I often fill my morning journals with thanks or gratitude, mostly because the first question is what are you grateful for, but not just because of that. It’s easy to fall into a rut and get grumpy about the way things are….but it’s rarely the truth that life isn’t great for me. I know many can’t say that.

What screws up most in life is the picture in our head of how things are supposed to be, but when I take a step back, when I think of all I have, I am moved, I am content, I am thankful. Things just are, removing the how they are supposed to be frees me up to be thankful, and make an impact.

I am so thankful for my family, my friends, my church, my wife, my child, my home, my job, my ideals, my Savior, all I call this life. The opportunities to be better, the hardships, the perspectives, the downtimes and uptimes.

Life is so abundant, I pray I pass on that abundance with people as I interact with them.

I can only be grateful.