Bonnie Ponce reflects on being thankful. Thankfulness. It is a word that we think of around Thanksgiving but recently I have been thinking a lot about being thankful. The other day my husband and I were watching Veggie Tales, which may be strange since we don't have kids, but we were watching the episode with Madam Blueberry. She is a very "blue" berry who is sad. She is told that buying more stuff will make her happy but on her way to Stuff Mart she sees a less fortunate girl thanking her parents for a meager birthday dessert of apple pie. Later she sees a little boy ask for a cool train set but is told no by his father and instead he gets a bouncy ball and he also says thank you, making an impression on Madam Blueberry, who learns to be thankful.
Seeing this short video made me think about my wish list - all the stuff I want and if I had money to burn I would probably begin to make a dent in my list. It also made me think about what I am thankful for in my life. Thankfulness is tough - it is so much easier to go through life, see stuff, and want it but to be thankful you have to use your brain and think of what you are thankful for.
Thankfulness is the language of love and joy. It speaks from a heart overflowing with hope of good things to come. With Relief I see many good things coming in the future and I hope that with the Love Relief campaign we can continue to bring great literature!
Just an ending thought on thankfulness:
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a gift and not giving it. -unknown
Bonnie Ponce is the Director of Support Raising for Relief and lives in Huntsville, Texas with her husband and betta fish. She has a BA in English from Sam Houston State University. After work she enjoys relaxing with a good book or working on her novel.