I know today is the day everyone talks about being thankful. I wish I were more thankful, actively so, every day. And not just for the big things like a home of my own, or a car or a refrigerator full of food (unless I am way behind on grocery shopping), but for the little things too.
When I was in graduate school, I read a biography of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson. He was born and raised in the first part of the 1900s in a remote town in Texas. The biography, which was massive in size and unsparing in its detail, devoted a section to Johnson’s mother’s weekly laundry day. She would spend an entire day washing and cleaning the family’s clothes. Laundry then was not all Tide and fabric softener and tumble dry. It was tough, arduous, close to back-breaking work that took an entire day and involved, among other things, intense scrubbing of every individual piece of clothing and washing in the closest waterway (I think it was a small river).
Every time I complain about the seemingly endless loads of laundry I do, I try to remember the mother of the 36th president of the United States. Her laundry experience was as far from “throw it in and come back when done” as you could be. And I bet she didn’t complain about it. I also bet the clothes smelled little to no cleaner after. Nor were they warm from the dryer or soft from the dryer sheet.
So, today, I want to think about the “little things” like my washing machine and toilet paper and shades on the windows and gasoline for my car and, oh yea, electricity literally at my fingertips. These “little things” are huge things, especially if you don’t have them. Most of us have it really easy. Regardless of the issues or challenges or drama we encounter (or create ourselves), we have it easy.
Almost laughingly easy if you really think about it.
So today and I hope every day I will remember to be thankful for the gift of life, for the love in my life, for awareness and free will, for choice and opportunity. I will also be thankful for tampons, my dishwasher, clean running water and new light bulbs at Home Depot. All of it!
What “little” things did I miss?