November rumbled round, and in the midst of a stressful season at work, Thanksgiving crept up on me in a way it hasn’t before. Menu planning was pushed later and later, until suddenly it’s this week, and I’m caught by surprise.
In a month that was characterised more by deadlines and drive-throughs than by reflection and rest, Thanksgiving served as a powerful reminder to slow the heck down; that the world will continue to spin on it’s axis without my involvement.
I am less important than I think.
And that – that helps me to be thankful when I don’t feel thankful.
My heart is heavy: it’s tired, weary. Another November passes, another year without my friends. There are so many things to rail against God for, to yell and throw temper tantrums for. And God knows, I’ve done that more often that I’d care to admit.
But there is also a glimmer of hope.
There is the candle-lit dinner with friends. An extravagant array of food and wine. It’s a conscious choice to say, no matter how the rest of my life looks at this point in time, I will be thankful. I am alive, and I will be grateful.
I look around the table, and I remember all that I have.
Friendships that withstand the tests of time and trial.
Spoons clink as we dig in for seconds on the pecan pie, and
- Extremely powerful ad campaign by Crisis Relief Singapore, Liking Isn’t Helping.
- Super excited about the Glasgow Street Feastival – and right before my birthday, perfect timing!
- Intrigued by this flat-packed refugee shelter designed in collaboration between Ikea and UNHCR.
- Fantastic list of books to read in your twenties from Don Miller (I’ve read 7 of the 21).
- numbers, stories & altars – words of wisdom on metrics.
- A reminder to live a life bigger than your fears.
- Buying this the moment it is released
- “Cynicism is a spiritually dangerous thing because it is a buffer against personal commitment.” Jim Wallis on the post-cynical Christian.
- “People talk about a calling, an inner voice, a quiet whisper, a special peace—”calling” that settles on you like morning dew. What gets left out most of the time is that calling seizes you like an octopus—you are Captain Nemo in the grip of a sea creature 20,000 leagues below.” I Am a Preacher by Jonathan Martin.
- Interesting TED talk on how food shapes our cities.
- The TWLOHA website has had a facelift – very nice. If you don’t know their story yet, now’s the time to read it.
- Pixar’s 22 rules of storytelling.
- New York Times article on living with less.
- “Truth necessitates confrontation — and a whole lot of us are more chicken than Christian.” Ann Voskamp
- Sarah Bessy on the ways in which art is like manna.
- Ben Arment on stepping away from the Photoshop.
- A Lament for Google Reader.
- Un-freaking-believably proud of my friend Georgina.
- “Experiment with what it’s like to feel vulnerable” – Seth Godin on settling for less.
- A Short Lesson on Perspective (make sure you read to the end and catch the three bang-on-the-money comments)
- Fantastic new ad for Sightsavers by Rankin.
- Why books aren’t dead – my generation are buying more than ever.
- Dream homes built for books and the nerds who love them, via Flavorwire.
- Interesting selection of famous peoples’ business cards.
- Jon Acuff reminds us that it’s time to quit asking fear for permission.
- Don Miller on unfulfilled dreams.