As the name implies, Thanksgiving is a time when we give thanks for all that we are fortunate enough to have in our lives. Food, shelter, health, love, family, friends…and so much more! As a general rule,no matter how bad things may sometimes seem, we all have something(s) to be thankful for. Here are some of the seemingly small things we should all be thankful for, but sometimes take for granted:
Family: Whether you are in a family you are born into or a hijacked one, we all have family. We all have people who care about us, and thinks about us more than any thing else in this world. People who thinks about your well-being, go out of their way to help and comfort you, and constantly forgive you. That is something many of us take for granted, but should all be grateful for!
Freedom: Not only in the political sense we are always hearing about on the news! Whether you are single or in a relationship, you have power over the decisions you make. Sometimes, they are harder than others, but the truth is, you create your own reality by the choices you make. So of you are single, choose to make the most of your time with yourself – don’t sit around waiting for a man or woman to complete you – complete yourself and a man or woman to compliment you will come. If you are married, or involved, remember who you are independent of your partner. The best way to have a healthy, happy relationship is to be two individuals! Remember the saying, the whole is only as strong as its parts.
Alone Time: Even if it’s just ten minutes per day, you grow when you collect yourself, your thoughts and your feelings. We sometimes have a tendency to avoid alone time; whether it’s because we think it’s boring, lonely or just something we cannot afford to do – since we are so “busy”. Time we take for ourselves will help us get to know ourselves and help shape our lives, by giving us better perceptions about who we are, where we are, and where we want to go. After all, if you do not know how you feel, think, or what you want, how can you expect to be happy? Quiet your mind and sit with yourself al little bit each day and you will find yourself experiencing a growing sense of calm and tranquility.
Girls/Guys Time: Think about some of the best times you have ever had with “just the girls” or “just the guys” and you will probably find yourself laughing hysterically. Whether it was your best friend’s antics on a college spring break trip, or the conversation at brunch last weekend, some of our most memorable moments are with the girls or guys. Do you ever say thank you? I mean really! We often forget to appreciate the women and men who populate our lives in times of single-hood and even when we are involved. Make time for your friends and let them know how happy you are to have them in your life.
Man/Woman: Whether you are looking for one, struggling with one, happily married or single, you have to take the time to to appreciate the wonder that is the opposite sex. They will definitely think and act differently than us many times, but whether we see it or not, they do want to give love and be loved in return. So rather than get annoyed the next time your woman or man says something you find ridiculous, or chooses a cocktail party or football game over relaxing in with you, take a second and be grateful for differences. Life would be pretty boring without differences!
The Bad Times: While they are not fun when they are happening, without them, the good times would not seem so good! One of the biggest lessons we learn as we get older, is that life is full of ups and downs, and the downs are usually where we make the decisions that shape our live. if you have never had your heart broken, how would you know and understand how to handle someone else’s heart with care? Bad times bring people together, and they allow us to experience joy when things take a turn for the positive. So be grateful for the lessons and know that while they are hard to learn, bad times bring about the stuff from which you learn to create abundance in life and in love!
Our Creator: The Almighty God Jesus Christ The Savior! Allowing you to live, breathe, and have your being! Even if you don’t believe in Jesus, you are free not to (at least right now)! So there! One more thing to be grateful for – freedom of choice!
And last but not least, just be thankful you were able to get a hold of that last turkey! Ha!