Being Thankful

Thank·ful
THaNGkfəl/
expressing gratitude and relief. “an earnest and thankful prayer”

On most mornings, I tend to wake up and have a song playing in my head.  The one that plays on a regular basis is Aretha Franklin’s version of “I Say a Little Prayer”.  Dionne Warwick did a great version of this song too.  The song was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, who wrote most of the soundtrack to my life during my childhood. 

The reason this particular song plays in my head besides being a really good song to hum along to, is the repeat message of “I say a little prayer for you”.  Different verses of the song carry different people through my memories.  For instance, as the song starts “The moment I wake up, before I put on my makeup…” I think of my grandmother, Nana, as I sat on her bathroom counter as a kid and watched her pencil in her eye-brows; I say a little prayer for her. As I continue to hum the song, I travel down memory lane and reflect on who has been, and continues to be, important to me in my life.  As I do this, “I Say a Little Prayer” for them.

With the holiday season coming in to view, specifically Thanksgiving around the corner, it is a good time to reflect on those people who have impacted our lives in a positive way.  Sometimes it is difficult to put the thankful and grateful into action with so many unfortunate  things going on around us, but if just for a moment, you can hum a tune or think about the people in your life that lift you up, it will do a world of good.

It could also be the time of year where you consider leaving your own impression of goodwill or thankfulness to others.  Are there traditions or things you or your family do that will leave a trail of memories? Giving back in your community is a great way to bring your family together and build lasting memories. Another idea can be as simple as reflecting on what left an impression on you as a kid and then passing along that memory or tradition to others that are important in your life. 

I have noticed in the past few weeks when I get out of my office and go meet with others, that I feel so much better about humankind and what people are working on to make the world a better place.  I think there are so many more things to be thankful for, and by reflecting on the people and memories that got me to where I am and are encouraging me to go a lot farther, I can easily “Say a Little Prayer” for you!