I can not help but wonder when was the last time I thought about, paid attention or even asked myself what I have to be thankful for? As grateful as I am for the reminder, I can not help but be a little disappointed in myself for not doing so myself and needing someone to point it out to me
So I could not pass this opportunity by without asking myself and even asking others.
But what is being thankful?
So often we go about our daily lives, our mundane things, our everyday activities and forget about the bigger picture. We often get disappointed and a little frustrated when we have the tantrum in the supermarket; or your friend has not returned your phonecall from the other week; that we didn’t get that job we so hoped for; or our husband forgot to put garbage out so you are left to do it the next morning in the rain… we have all had these moments.
Without trivialising and undermining these feelings of disappointment, frustration, maybe sadness and maybe a little more, we so often get caught up in it. Our blinkers get put on, our vision is narrowed and we often forget to see the big picture. Here I am also admitting my fault.
Every day we hear or read about at least one heart breaking story – it’s the stuff that sheds a tear of anguish, pain, sorrow and helplessness. We hear of a family’s pain, suffering, sadness and devastation. Maybe we need these reminders to help us get back into perspective?
Is thankful saying to our partner every day “I love you”?
Is thankful saying to ourselves everyday “I love you”?
Is thankful being true and real to ourselves and not pretending to be something you are not?
Is it taking the negatives, frustrations, sadness and pain with the good, the amazing, the wonderful?
Or is thankful acknowledging that no matter how bad it may be, or how bad it gets, there is still so much good in our lives and the world?
If you are only thankful of one thing today then I am glad you are thankful.
Concentrate on what you have not what you don’t have. You may never have enough otherwise.
So today I confess:
I am thankful that I can show love and receive love
I am thankful for girlfriends ringing to say “hi”
I am thankful to be benefiting from today’s research and medicine
I am thankful that my daughter finally got to sleep
I am thankful that she can smile and laugh even though the tooth is still not through
Being thankful is being brave. Being thankful is being honest. Why should being thankful not be a little easier?
What does being thankful mean to you?