With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, it is a good time to reflect on all the things that we should be thankful for. Something I recently was remiss to remember. I thought the worse rather then the best of a situation and ended up getting upset with a friend and saying things I shouldn't have. I immediately knew I was wrong and regretted my actions, but it was too late for a simple apology. The situation really got me thinking about what it means to be thankful.
The truth is, how we see life is all in our control. In a world that sometimes feels there are more wrongs than rights, it is important to remember that there is a lot to be thankful for. Imagine the difference it would have made if I decided to trade my negativity for giving thanks; if instead of dwelling on what's wrong and blaming, I focused instead on all that is right and commit myself to make it even better.
By focusing on all the good in our lives, the people we love and those who have helped us along the way, on the future that inspires us, we will tap into a sense of power and gratitude that, at times, elude us. It is a lesson I am learning the hard way.
So as we come upon the Thanksgiving holiday, take time to take stock of all the good things that you have received throughout the year, both big and small, and give thanks to every one who helped bring you joy. You will be thankful that you did.
HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE THANKSGIVING!
As a side note...
November 30th is Giving Tuesday. Please consider giving to your favorite charities within your community and help spread the joy to others in need. Donate. Volunteer. Build community. And in the process, discover a happier, more fulfilling life.
(To be continued)