Thankful On Thursday

I was reminded yesterday of something I read about recently called "The Grateful Center". It comes from Sue Monk Kidd's book God's Joyful Surprise: Finding Yourself Loved. Here's what she says:

Inside each one of us there is a place I call "the grateful center." To find it, use your imagination, that wonderful 'right brain' activity, to picture a place where you are free from all your compulsions of wanting and grasping, your preoccupation with the needs and negatives in your life, a place where you celebrate what you already have. It is a golden place where you are able to see all the gifts that are here, and simply to open your hands to receive them.

There are a few different places that come to mind when I imagine my "grateful center", but one of the clearest has to be Christmas at Crooked Creek Ranch. It's a tradition that started with my dad's side of our family when I was a sophomore in college TWELVE YEARS AGO, and it's been a place of total rest and peace and celebration every year since.

When we started this tradition, my siblings and cousins and I were all single. This year there will be approximately forty people there to celebrate Christmas together. Now there are spouses and in-laws and kids and it is such a sweet gift to be together for a handful of days each year.

So that's what I'm thankful for today. My "grateful center" at Crooked Creek Christmas and the anticipation of being there again in sixteen days.

What are you thankful for today?