Monday, November 26, 2018

gratitude thoughts

I started this grand idea of a "gratitude" post last week.  My heart was (is still) so full.  And instead of finishing and posting, I just let all that gratitude flow through me.  I am grateful for so much, and I am so grateful for Thanksgiving as an opportunity to let that gratitude flow become tangible.

So I'm stretching it out before getting to posting about all the hoopla of the Turkey trot and the thanksgiving feast, and pausing right here on this Monday afternoon to post a poem.

In the midst of my errands before Thanksgiving I called my sister to talk about wedding invitation envelopes.  Because I was debating about the color of those envelopes as I headed into the grocery store, normal pre-wedding, every day stuff.

And that good sister of mine was in working on her Children for Children concert preparation benefitting refugees this year.  She was thinking about the plight of so many, thinking of ways to help, emotional at the expanse of things she had to be grateful for in contrast to those she wanted to help.  She shared this poem she had come across and both of us teared up, me sitting in my car in the grocery store parking lot, dusk settling in, and her sitting at home...this poem pulling at both our hearts.  It really brought to light the true beauty of Thanksgiving in such a powerful way, and I've been thinking about it all weekend.

So I'm sharing it here:
Such a powerful reminder of so many things we take for granted.

Those words lingered in my heart all weekend, even amidst the hoopla, and made me appreciate things like Elle's return and these smiles more than ever:

There is so tremendously much to be grateful for in this world of ours.

And also so much to GIVE.

May all that remembering this last weekend amidst the Thanksgiving hoopla help "destroy our complacency" enough to reach out a little more, turn our hearts a little better, slow down more mindfully, especially as we greet the Christmas season.

We are always looking for new ways to "turn out" at Christmas, which hopefully spurs turning out more all year long.  Please share ideas if you have some great ones!

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
xoxo

14 comments:

  1. Now I have to know what color you chose for the envelopes! Haha!

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  2. I think you should have texted Abby about the color of the envelopes. Or her mom. Instead of your sister.

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    1. Wow... thanks for that one-word contribution to the comments. I understand what kms is saying, although, I do think it could have been said in a nicer way. Isn't the mother of the bride supposed to be in charge of invites, etc.? Maybe she just needs help with the invitations since there is most likely A LOT of people to invite.

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    2. How do you know it hasn't already been decided that this is something Shawni is handling?

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    3. We are in charge of the invites and don't worry, we talk to Abby and her mom about everything that needs to be discussed (and probably more:)! I just don't happen to write about every part of it, not enough time for that! Rest assured that we are working it out just fine :)

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  3. I’d love to understand traditions of lds weddings. Surprised you are in charge of wedding invites, is this bc there are multiple celebrations? (Like charity’s?). If yes would the bride and groom dress up in their wedding gown/suit for each one?

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    1. I think every wedding is just totally different! Not only in our church but all over the place, I think normal "tradition" is changing a little. At least that's what's working for us. We're only doing one celebration and we are doing a lot of the logistics for it because since it will be here it just makes it easier.

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  4. Also thank you for the reminder, it’s so easy to take for granted some of the very basics things many of us take for granted

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  5. Thank you for a lovely perspective-shifter. xo

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  8. Youre doing fine!!! Bless your heart.What date are they getting married? I know it will be awesome.Go girl xxx love you Shawni ur the best xxx

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