As Thanksgiving approaches, I can’t help thinking of how thankful I am.


As Thanksgiving approaches, I can’t help thinking of how thankful I am. 



Last Christmas, my dear friend Angela sent a life-changing book and journal. In “One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are,” author Anne Voskamp challenged me to write 1,000 gifts, 1,000 reasons I have to be thankful. 



I have 930 so far. 



The hardest part of this discipline is practicing gratitude in moments of anger, sorrow or fear. 



I am nowhere near mastering this. 



It’s much easier to be thankful when I’m happy, but I find that even in tough moments, there is something for which to be grateful — and sometimes, intentionally practicing gratitude is enough to change my emotions.



Tomorrow would be the perfect day to take up this challenge, unless you want to start today.



Here’s a sampling from my list.



931: my job at the library (the fact that I have a job)



932: I love my job



933: the children who come to programs and make my job delightful



934: the parents who bring them



935: and are so supportive



936: and encouraging



937: coworkers who lighten things up behind the scenes



938: books that move me to laughter



939: or tears



940: volunteers who shelve



941: and shelf-read



942: and clean



943: and help people on computers



944: and prepare crafts!



See? It’s not hard!



Programs



We’ll be thankful at Lap Sit this morning! Sign-in begins when the doors open at 10 a.m. Nursery rhymes and music begin at 10:15 a.m. Lap Sit is designed for children under age 3 and their caregiver. Older children are welcome.



Children 3 and up, bring your favorite blanket to Story Time on Monday, Nov. 26 for stories and activities about blankets and families. Sign-in begins when the doors open at 10 a.m. Stories and activities begin at 10:15.



Staff Pick



“1, 2, 3 Thanksgiving” by W. Nikola-Lisa. Count your way through this fun family feast!



Heather Nitzel is the Crestview Public Library's youth services librarian.