Tis the season to be thankful. I try to look around daily and give my gratitude to whom it belongs. Being blessed, with little things, as well as the big, daily, not just in November. We get blessings daily, why shouldn’t we be thankful daily?
A few years ago, I didn’t have a lot of “stuff” to be thankful for, so I learned to look around and search for what I already had to be thankful for. Daily. This became a ritual for me and thankfully, still is today. I had a lot, even though we were going through a storm. I just had to open my eyes. I began praying prayers of thanksgiving throughout the day. We always have good in our life, even if we have gale-force winds causing damage to our otherwise happy lives. We have blessings and things to be thankful for. Always. It is up to us to open our eyes, see the things, and be grateful.
Someone else around you always has it worse. It might not feel like it when you are in the middle of your monsoon—but I promise, it’s true.
Take the time throughout the year, to be thankful. Don’t wait until November. Make a deposit into your thankful bank several times a day. This ritual will make you a happier, more appreciative, rich person. Not rich, as in affluent, but a more enriched person.
“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” -William Blake
You can do this in many ways. Pray. Write your gratefulness down in a notebook, your planner, or in your phone. And, pray. (Did I already mention this?)
Of course, when I am thinking of the stuff I have to be thankful for, I don’t have to look hard. My blessings are always right there, under my nose, right in front of me.
The first thing is always the people. My people.
My husband and my three kids. We have our health, we have our love and we have each other. We enjoy being together. That is a blessing.
My parents. I adore my parents. I appreciate the way they raised me and the love they gave me. They have their health and are still active. I thank Him everyday for my mom and dad.
My in-laws. I married well. I married into a family of love. My in-laws would do anything for us. And have. I appreciate both of them daily. I am thankful everyday God gives me with them.
My siblings. I am thankful for the memories. I am thankful for the love. I am thankful for the support they give me in my writing. It means so much to me. I am thankful for their spouses and their sweet children.
My husband’s brother and his wife. I am thankful how close we are. We are in-laws. We are friends. (And, we are cousins–my cousin and I, we married brothers—it’s legal!!) I am thankful we live in the same small town and thankful we raised our kids in the same neighborhood. I am thankful our five kids are so close and love each other.
I am thankful for friends. One in particular. You give me love, laughter and a lot of support in my writing. I am thankful for all the memories of all the fun times we have shared together, with our spouses, and with our other gal-pal (mentioned above).
My writing! I am so thankful for my words. I know from where they come. I am thankful for the ability, the time, the resource and the successes in my writing, in less than four years. And, I am always extremely thankful for you for taking the time to read my words.
I am so grateful, get-down-on-my-knees grateful for my husband’s business. I am thankful for him and his hard work and dedication. This man is loyal and puts his whole mind and body into his business. Too much sometimes. I am thankful for the people he feeds, by contributing to the economy and providing jobs to many. God is good!
And then there is the stuff–the house, the warmth, the health, the happiness and so on…and always thankful for my pups!
Most people have a lot of stuff to be thankful for. And, that’s important. We must be thankful for everything in our lives. It all comes from one place.
But, the people in our lives are our true blessings. The people in our past, present and even those in our future.
“I’m thankful for every moment.” -Al Green
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to hold these blessings (people) close. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to be thankful and grateful.
But if you are thankful on the daily, you will find yourself happier and even more blessed.
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I hope for you lots of happiness, lots of gratefulness and the eyes to see it.
love and blessings~dd
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