Repost from November 25, 2010 --
When something unexpected happens, from dropping a treasured breakable on hardwood to having your house burn down, do you have a tendency to respond with an oh-no!, whether you actually speak it or just think it? I know I do. Sometimes, it is out of anxiety or grief or frustration or just being startled.
I decided that I am saying no to oh-nos.
How? No surprise here. By giving thanks. This is just another reason why I put numbers to my heart's joys.
Stand firm. Refuse to panic. Pray. And give thanks.
The eternal perspective will come. Joy will come. By giving thanks.
Happy Thanksgiving, America!
*You know I need to work on this when my children's first phrases are "uh-oh" and "oh-no" :(