This Thanksgiving season I reread the words of the song Thankful by Carole Bayer Sager and made popular by Josh Groban.
“Some days we forget to look around us. Some days we can’t see the joy that surrounds us.”
Now, when I’m doing my dishes at the kitchen sink, I look out of the window and watch the porcupine high up in the apple tree. He eats his fill, drops a few apples on the ground, and takes a snooze.
Around these parts porcupines have a bad rap. They’re right up there with skunks and pit bulls. That’s because dog lovers hate it when their pet tangles with a porcupine and ends up with a snout full of barbed quills. But my porcupine coexists with the deer that arrives to eat the fallen fruit.
I’m thankful that the apple tree provides sustenance for these woodland creatures, and the sight of them is a joy for me. But this is just a small part of a much bigger picture.
The song Thankful challenges us to look beyond ourselves at the sorrow in the world, and to become an instrument of change.
“Even though the world needs so much more, there’s so much to be thankful for.”