Just a reminder –

The English word “thank” developed itself out of the older word “think.”

So as we think about thanks this week, let’s be sure we really do think.

I don’t know how you do it. Talking about it does not necessarily equate to real thankfulness.

But thinking and feeling often do. And it might actually take a few moments of focus.

When you’re with family, deliberately pause your mind or mouth (or attention to the tv) for a minute or two (literally) to just welcome, in your heart, these people, and hold, in your mind, the worth and uniqueness of each in and of themselves.

Giving thanks, after all, is not a performance for some sort of spiritual credit. It’s not for others’ observation; it’s about your own heart and values.

Join me in just appreciating. And not only family, but “all these blessings!” – of which there are many. Does that sound like a good idea?