Here is the thing about November. And Facebook.
Everyone gets really thankful. Like. REALLY THANKFUL.
Like list every day and tell you what they are thankful for to the point you are thankful for DECEMBER because November is over kind of thankful.
You know what I mean. 🙂 Don’t get me wrong. I’m on Team Voskamp and hashtag 1000 gifts and all that. I really do like it; I like it so much the first week. But as the month moves on, I get over it.
But also? As the month moves on, I need those posts more and more.
No matter your life stage, the holiday season can be hard. While they are beautiful and life-giving and joy-filled, each holiday we celebrate in the next few months can also be a reminder of what we do not have, whether that is something we still wait for or something that has been lost.
Every holiday I am sure, as sure as I’m sitting here, that this will be my last holiday as a single woman. “Soak up all the sweetness of the single life, Annie,” I say to myself, “because NEXT year it will ALL be different.” And I try to count all the things I’m thankful for while simultaneously wishing my life was different.
Am I the only one who feels this? Surely it isn’t just me who sees the calendar turn to November and December and feels a little panic? I bulk up my inner-Annie and remind her that this is the time to focus on all I do have, not what I lack.
The thing about November …. and December …. and every single day …. is that I have the choice to see what is there or see what I’m missing. I can list what I don’t have that I really want or I can list all the things I never knew I wanted but God generously gave me.
The thing about November is that this month is such a great reminder that while we all may feel like there are things we still want that we do not have, or that this year has held more heartache than we expected, we also have lots to be thankful for.
And maybe you’re right. Maybe Facebook is the best place to share those things. One of the best places, at least.
So write them, and I will read them. I promise.
(hashtag 1000 gifts, am I right?) 🙂