“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” – Tecumseh
It’s easy sometimes to overlook everything that we have to be thankful for. We are quick to get bogged down in the minutiae of living, what we classify as an ordinary and dull existence. We simply take the life we have for granted. We compare it to the post we see from our “friends” on Facebook. But we forget that they are only showing us the good parts. There are people all over the world, and in our own backyard, that would trade our boring lives for the life they are experiencing and living right at this moment.
In Chattanooga, TN., five children were killed in a school bus accident this past Monday. Three of the students were in the fourth grade, one was in kindergarten and one was in the first grade. These five families would trade everything they have to go back to their ordinary and dull lives. A life that included having their children home with them to celebrate another Thanksgiving this Thursday. A life that would let them hug and snuggle up with their children to read a book at bedtime together.
The world isn’t perfect. Our lives aren’t perfect. We may not be working the job we want, or making the money we think we deserve. Maybe we are dealing with a debilitating health issue, or problems with a spouse or one of our children. Here is the thing, each of us has something to be thankful for and it is our responsibility to find it, cherish it and share it with others. It is our duty to find a little empathy and perspective about our lives and the lives of others.
We all have something to be thankful for, here is my short thankful list;
- My family– my rock, my guidance, my security, my reason for being.
- This country– with all its flaws, warts, and irritating people it is still better than most alternatives.
- My health– without it I couldn’t ride my bicycle, or hike in the mountains.
I hope each of you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. I hope each of you find the things in your life that you should be thankful for. I hope each of you will remember those in our communities who are struggling to find peace, comfort and hope this holiday season.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beattie