Yesterday was Thanksgiving! Did everyone enjoy a warm home cooked meal and time with family? I hope so! If not, I hope you were able to celebrate in your own special way and take a moment to remind yourself of all the beautiful blessings in your life!
Each day when I wake up, I don’t often remember to smile about what I’m thankful for. Really though, who does? We live in a fast paced world where a typical morning begins with the sound of our alarm clock and a mental rush before we make our way to work or school.
Practicing appreciation for all we have is something I wish we did on a more regular basis. For me, my thankfulness comes in rare moments. I’m reminded when I’m laughing with friends or enjoying a place or an experience of exactly how wonderful something or someone really is in my life.
Those moments are beautiful. They are warm and happy. They give me hope. They delight my soul in a way I can’t share with anyone unless they’ve had those kinds of moments themselves!
So after a celebratory day of thanks yesterday, I want to stop and take a moment to write down and share what I’m truly thankful for. That way in moments of sadness or grief I can look back and remember how amazing my life truly is. Maybe it can help someone else too!
Today I feel all the feels as I write this blog post. I’m thankful for so many things in my life and when I sit down and think of them all, I just smile and tear up.
I’m thankful for the experiences I’ve had in my life so far. The places I’ve been and the people I’ve met. I love to look back at life and connect the dots. To realize that if I hadn’t done one thing, then all these other things would have never happened! Of course, life is full of possibilities and each choice can change the course, but I admire the choices I’ve made and where it has led me.
I’m thankful for the little things like the smell of fruit and the change in the weather. I love nature and all it’s mystery. The way our world provides for us in ways we can’t even understand astounds me. All the different plants, animals, and terrain takes my breath away. Every time I see a mountain or a wave in the ocean I’m full of joy.
I’m thankful for the people I have in my life. My family is one of the most wonderful, I’m convinced. I love to listen to my relatives talk about their childhood and I love the flavor each of them adds to the family. The way we love each other is the best feeling in the world. My friends, though I have very few close ones, are like treasure to me. They each add something to my life. They entertain me, teach me, comfort me, and help me grow.
I’m thankful for the jobs I’ve had and that I enjoy them. I’m thankful for the dreams that have come true, and even the ones I have yet to achieve. I’m thankful for the places I’ve lived and the roommates I’ve had, both good and bad if you can believe it. Each person I encounter in my life teaches me a thing or two, and each job and place teach me too.
I’m thankful especially for the way God made me. I’m not perfect, but I’m driven, I’m passionate, I’m creative, and it keeps me on my toes ready to take on what’s next. I don’t always like the way I look or the way I act, but I’m thankful to be who I am and not anyone else. If I weren’t me, I wouldn’t have what I do, and I genuinely love my life.
You see, the every day grind can have us discouraged. I stress about money, time, looks, success, etc just like everybody else…but if I ignore all of what makes life “bad” in those frustrating moments and talk about what makes it good, it’s real real good.
My life is popcorn and a movie good. My life is friends and a theme park good. My life is family and a meal good. My life is workout and a shower good. My life is cats and cuddles good. My life is blog and bed good.
What are you thankful for in your life? What kind of good is your life? I’d love to hear your responses in the comments below!
Happy season of thanksgiving!