It’s easy to get tangled up in the pace of the season. Even in Haiti, the expat community will come together to share a meal with gratitude and Thanksgiving. Yes, they found turkies in country! I won’t mention those who bring the 20lb. birds on a flight from the States in their carry on luggage, humoring TSA for sure.
As we share our gratitude and appreciation this week, I will remind myself that we shall give thanks, everyday. Find appreciation, everyday. Be grateful, everyday. Not just words. Heartstring emotions. A pause to say, this is good. Thank you and smile. Share one of those from the inside smiles that comes up through the eyes. Because life is hard, because we struggle and our heart aches for what it aches for, no matter where we are in the world. Nonetheless, be grateful. For everything, everyday, even the hard stuff.
Sometimes these lessons of gratitude come from the Haitians. A simple hello and how are you is met with a smile, a positive response and it ends with thanks to God. There may be a thousand difficulties, yet God gets the appreciation and gratitude.
So I will intently choose kindness, to be positive and show gratitude. I think I will be amongst good company.
kim snyder 25/11/17