Last week at a mom’s group I attend, we finished a study by Ann Voskamp called “One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are.” I was in and out of the study having certain statements grasp me and others slip by. To sum up the book, the author encourages you to live in grace, to see all as grace, and to bring thanksgiving in everything. Recapping the study this past week, I began to really think about the depth of thanksgiving and appreciating now. When I write “depth”, I am talking about taking thanksgiving from a general thanks to a specific detailed thanks. From a “thank you for my boys” to a “thank you for today as I laid next to the boys and talked about their favorite part of the day.” Practicing this next level of thanksgiving has been challenging to me, but so worth taking the time and effort to really think through details of what I am thankful for today. For me it is like polishing tarnished silver. Tarnished sliver is not appealing to the eye and is not something you go to grab to use for a dinner party. However, with a little time and polishing, that silver can become the centerpiece at the table. Taking the time to “polish” the people, things, and moments in your everyday reminds you of their beauty. Discovering the details of moments, people, and things in your now and giving thanks for them brings a joyful contentment to your life. I am not saying that I have arrived at the level I want to be with a thankful and grace-filled heart for my now, but that is my desire. I desire to take note of the bee buzzing around a flower, my sons sitting together reading a book with a mess of toys around them, or an almond milk latte that I sip in the coffee shop. These are moments I do not want to rush pass, but to pause and polish these moments to bring their beauty to light. For the beauty is there, we just have to take time and energy to realize it. I am not sure what your today looks like, but I encourage you to take a moment to pause and notice the details of the people who surround you or the moments you encounter. Give thanks for them and I guarantee a joy will fill your heart, soul and mind.