Last week was Thanksgiving. Giving Thanks. Over the past month I have seen many “28 days of gratitude” or other social media posts about thankfulness. I too thought about posting everything for which I am thankful, but the month got away from me (no excuse except for being too busy, or too lazy). This makes me no less thankful; just less vocal about it. On one day, I wanted to post, “I’m thankful too! I just haven’t told you about it.”

In a way, this reminded me of my favorite Gospel, the one read on Ash Wednesday each year from Matthew 6:1-6 “…do not let your left hand know what your right hand it doing…” ┬áThis Gospel is a yearly reminder to me that we are called to be charitable, but not in a public way; not in a way that draws praise or attention.

And yet, charity, acts of service, goodwill and – yes, gratitude – can be contagious and inspiring. Social media can be intimidating; it can be cause for comparison, leaving some of us feeling better about our lives and some of us feeling worse. My hope for everyone’s Thanksgiving posts are that they inspire us all to be grateful.

As the month of Thanksgiving closes and we move away from our “28 days of gratitude” (even though there are 30 days in November, and Thanksgiving was on the 24th…) keep posting and sharing the ways in which you are thankful and giving. Live the gratitude we all feel. It might just inspire someone (like me).