Remember November Posted on 06 Nov 16:18


“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you?” Thank you Mr. William Ward for that prompt. (I’m obviously taking his advice seriously.) I regret that I sometimes need reminders. Seems like the month of November exists for the sole purpose of saying remember to feel and express thanks. But November gets wedged, sometimes lost, in between October’s Spooktacular and December’s Yuletide Festivities. Retailers have steamrolled over Thanksgiving with all the sales…all the sales, sales, sales, sales!

So I aim to remember this November. To cultivate a more thankful heart. Over two centuries ago, prolific Samuel Johnson declared that “gratitude is a fruit of great cultivation; it is not found among gross people.” (Let’s not be gross people.) Growing gratitude starts with planting small seeds of thankfulness. Every day, I’m going to say thank you, more often. I plan to slow down, pause, and see the details. I promise to take less for granted. Seems like a fine start to a more grateful heart.

I’ll shoot for the moon this month—like Astronaut Gordon Cooper. While orbiting the earth over 40 years ago, he offered this simple, serene prayer of thanks: “Father, thank you, especially for letting me fly this flight. Thank You for the privilege of being able to be in this position: to be up in this wondrous place, seeing all these many startling, wonderful things that You have created.” Good job Gordon. Way to see. Way to feel. Way to articulate. Way to make good use of the gift of seconds given you.