a life that is thankful

Yesterday evening my husband (or “E” as I will refer to him as on this blog) and I had a conversation about thankfulness and what it looks like to live a life that is thankful.  E was tossing around ideas of how to live out his thankfulness, feeling frustrated by the limits words have when expressing gratefulness.  We sat in the living room for  a while discussing how one who is grateful lives, what it looks like, as well as how we want it to be evident in our own lives.  E suggested giving more, soaking up what we’re thankful for and then blessing others through what we’ve been given.  We agreed though, that also has its limits and that being thankful doesn’t necessitate giving.  We agreed if one it truly thankful and seeking to live in that spirit, from the outside they would seem content, satisfied with what they have and where they’re at.  While still seeking to grow and develop, they soak up where they’re at and have a certain quietness in their contentment.  That at least, is what we came up with.  We discussed how we want our home to be.  What actions within our marriage, how we give, how we interact with others would reflect our thankfulness for the many blessings we have in our lives.

I’m curious, what do you all think? How do you try to demonstrate thankfulness in your own lives?  What are ways you recognize thankfulness in others?

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