By: Katie Austin
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and sadly, I think most of us are focused on Black Friday deals and the materialistic side of the holiday season. Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends, taking time out from our busy lives to show our gratitude and reflect on all that we have been blessed with.
Recently, I took a few minutes and jotted down ten things that I am thankful for. It only took a few minutes and when I read what I wrote down, I had a different perspective. My list is below and I think you will find a few that might be on your list, too.
- Be thankful you woke up to see a new day. Not everyone gets this opportunity.
- Be thankful for family and friends who love you. My family and friends have been there with me through thick and thin. Without a doubt, I wouldn’t be where I am today without their support.
- When your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend is in a bad mood or giving you a hard time, be thankful for having love in your life. There are many people who will spend this holiday season alone.
- Be thankful for the ability to pay your bills and have a roof over your head. People will spend this holiday season sleeping in homeless shelters, not knowing where they will stay next.
- Parents who raised us, changed our diapers, and put up with us as we found our way through our teenage years. If they are no longer with you, take a moment to be thankful for the time you had with them.
- When you’re stuck in traffic, be thankful you have a car to get where you need to go and money to buy gas. When I think about this one, it reminds me of how I used to have take the bus. There is nothing like standing out in the rain, watching others drive by in the comfort of their car.
- Be thankful that you have children to love and who love you, and remember that at least some of the time, they do get along. If you do not have children, be thankful for the children in your life and the positive role model you can be for them.
- The ability to see the beautiful world around us. If you get a free day, drive up to the Asheville/Greenville area and you will see the most wonderful colors of the season!
- Be thankful that you can read these words. So many are unable to read and we take literacy for granted.
- Be thankful we live in a country where we have opportunities and the freedom to make choices. It could be far worse and I feel that better days lie ahead.
When you sit down with your loved ones for your Thanksgiving dinner, be thankful for everyone and everything that has made it possible. Cherish the time spent together and soak up all the day has to offer.
What are you thankful for? Please post it here in the comment section so that we can grow our list of things to be thankful for together.
Wishing everyone a blessed Thanksgiving holiday filled with many wonderful memories!