Lance Scranton: Thanks for nothing!
If you’re like me, you have nothing to be thankful for this year. “Nothing” was the only word that came to mind this week. Nothing has been happening to me all year and I didn’t even realize it because I was so focused on “something.”
Nothing showed up at my last physical when the doctor told me I was as healthy as a horse. Nothing. Not even a stray cell or skin blemish that needed to be tested.
Nothing happened when a vehicle cut me off and I slammed on my brakes to avoid a collision. People behind me just put on their brakes, smiled and continued on their merry way. No collisions, no calling the police, no arguments — nothing.
Nothing comes out of nowhere every time we take a road trip. Weaving in and out of traffic, travelling hundreds of miles, arriving safe and sound, not a scratch. All those miles, all that traffic, all those highway drivers — and nothing!
Nothing got in the way of a friend making sure I was okay when something threatened to get the best of me. No judgments, just a friendly inquiry, a gentle reminder that people care.
Nothing has a pesky presence when we are so worried that something will happen. Nothing shows up when our fears are unfounded and we are reminded that nothing is as big a part of our life as “something.”
People always want us to name something we are thankful for but nothing likes to stay in the background, avoids taking credit, doesn’t need attention, and is accustomed to being forgotten.
I don’t know about you, but I have a huge amount of nothing to be thankful for this year.
When you are sitting around this Thanksgiving weekend, try being thankful for nothing — you could be onto something!