So last week I posed a question in my Friday post: What are you thankful for? I received some very nice responses. But not very many responses. And I know I have more readers than responders. And I know we ALL have SOMETHING we can be thankful for. And I can't just let it go. I'm fixin' to force the issue.
So I'm launching OPERATION THANKFUL. It's a full scale, all-out bust-a-move on my part to get people to tell me what they are thankful for. And why. Don't forget the why. Because it feels good to remember and tell others what's so good in your life. And, even in this economy, even when sickness and joblessness and horribleness, there are still good things in your life. There are!
And it's helpful to hear what other people are thankful for because it helps you remember what else you have to give thanks for! And, just think, with all this thanking, what a wonderful Thanksgiving we could all have! And I think we all need it. So, here I am, friends, Dr. Thanks, to brighten your mood with the prescription for thankfulness!
This is what I did...I bought these cute little cards. I could have made some but I have a weakness for pretty stationary. I'm thankful for pretty paper. So I bought them. And then I devised a highly algorithmic mathematical equation utilizing my address book - yes, one not in the computer - to randomly choose some friends and family members. That means if you do or don't get one, it's completely random.
Then I mailed those cute cards, along with a brief explanation, to friends and family, (some of which have probably never stepped foot on this blog...so we'll see what they say) pleading with them to fill the cards out and mail them back to me. I only sent out 20 packages. And, friends, I fully intend to have twenty return. So, please, if you receive one, play along. I promise it won't hurt.
And, here's what you are to do if you don't receive the little random mail from me. You are to ANSWER ANYWAY. By email. By comment which has the added benefit of possibly being anonymous. By Facebook. By carrier pigeon. Just reply. Respond. Tell me something you're thankful for - and why - and we'll call it a day. I will stop bugging you. Thank you.
Then, during the week of Thanksgiving (which means I have some more time to harass you into playing along) I will post all of these thoughtful responses here on the blog. For all of us to read - with names or no names, as you wish - to brighten our holiday, lighten our load, improve our mood, and increase our Thanksgiving pleasure. How about that for a promise?
But here's the thing - if we all play along, it will happen. I remember a Thanksgiving a few years back when S's grandmother was celebrating with us and she wanted us to go around the table telling each other one thing we were thankful for before we ate the big Thanksgiving feast. We all froze. What? Wha? Huh? In front of other people? Are you kidding? Can we just eat? Geez.
I know. It's daunting. But, this is the real truth - once you do it, you feel better, and so does everyone else. Everyone realizes we all have so much to be thankful for. In common. Kum bah ya and all of that. I know - the cynics are going, "BLAH BLAH BLAH". Hey - I can appreciate that point of view. But what can it hurt - be THANKFUL for a while. It'll be OK.
And, here's the other thing. When I was using that fancy mathematical equation to conjure up a list of 20 to mail the little cards to - imagine this - by thumbing through that old address book - I had moments to be thankful for each and every one of you! And for some people who still appear in that book but have left us on earth. So, I am not wasting another minute before I tell you I am so thankful for each of my family and friends for all they add to my life! What a lucky girl I am to know you and have you in my address book. Amen to that!
So, BE THANKFUL people. And tell me about it. And tell other people about it. Make it a thing. Make it one big happy BLAH BLAH BLAH for the holidays. It'll feel good.
I can't wait to read your responses. Thank you. See you tomorrow.