I was so hoping to do some more Thanksgiving themed posts. In fact, I had a DIY planned for last week, but I never made it to the store to get what I needed. And then this weekend, my husband's parents showed up for a short-notice visit. It was so great to see them and family definitely comes before blog. But I did miss out on a few timely posts. Oh well. Moving on. :)
Anyway, Justin and I love watching movies. Our entertainment budget is not huge, so we spend a lot of time on Netflix and watching DVDs we already own. When thinking about what to post for Thanksgiving, I thought about movies I love that remind us to be grateful for what we have. So here is a short list of movies that you may not think about watching this time of year but are great for encouraging the simple act of thankfulness.
What it makes me thankful for: The fact that even though I'm not a millionaire, I'm honestly not missing out on life. This movie reminds me that the simple joys of family life can be greater than all of the successes in the world. Due to both my own and my husband's career choices, we will probably never have disposable money, but we have what we need: love.
What it makes me thankful for: The fact that, really, my life is pretty good. The conclusion that I come to is similar to that of The Family Man, in that I am so blessed to have what I need. I have a roof over my head to keep me dry from the nasty rain in Oregon, I have enough food, I have a job, and I have an awesomely supportive husband and family.
What it makes me thankful for: This one may be a little obvious, but this movie always makes me thankful for the freedom we have in this country. Our freedom came (and still comes) at a high cost and I can't even imagine living in a country where I couldn't express my opinions and worship my God.
What it makes me thankful for: My personal freedom. If you don't know the premise of this movie, then this may not make sense (so go watch it!). But after viewing this movie, I am always grateful for the fact that when I screw up, the whole world (or usually even very many people) don't see it. I also have the freedom to choose who my friends are, where I work, where I travel, who I marry, and so many other decisions that we simply take for granted. Yes, the movie is a bit far-fetched, but it can easily remind you of the blessings of simply getting to make your own decisions.
What it makes me thankful for: Music. Plain and simple. And the power that music can have in our lives. When I am challenged to think a bit "outside the box" in regards to things I am thankful for, music is always the first thing that comes to mind. If I could have any specific talent other than what I already have, it would be to sing because I love music so much. Since my talents lie elsewhere, I am currently just an avid listener and fan. But nothing gets my emotions going like a good song.
Do you have any movies that make you grateful for something? If so, I would love to hear! The great thing about these movies is that thankfulness is not limited to this time of year. So whenever you need a little reminder of where your priorities should lie, I recommend popping one of these in the DVD player. :)