With Christmas fast approaching, Thanksgiving often seems to get the short end of the stick. Sure family comes in town and hours are spent in the kitchen in order to have a meal together. However, how often do we truly give thanks for the blessings in our lives? Should it be once a year, once a month, once a day?
I live a busy life and often forget to slow myself down. This last weekend, I had the opportunity to go on a leadership retreat with KU Athletics. We talked about the significance of value and we used meals to exemplify this need. Think of a raisin. It’s just a raisin if you pop it in your mouth. But, think of a raisin that you use your senses to enjoy. The raisin then becomes more than just a raisin. You take the time to taste before you swallow and the raisin takes on a completely new flavor. If we chose to truly enjoy each monotonous moment in our lives, think how wonderful our lives could be: they’d take on a new flavor.
Thanksgiving should not be taken for granted. I thank God every day for allowing me to continue playing softball, to obtain a college degree, and for the family I’ve been blessed with. I’m thankful for my health, my experiences, my freedoms, my friends, food on the table, my teammates, my sorority sisters, warm kitties, snuggles by the fire, and fresh cups of coffee. Life is good and we should take full advantage of our days off to truly savor it. Count your blessings, remember what’s worth fighting for, and never forget to chew slowly.