I love Thanksgiving more than any other holiday. It’s not about what someone is going to buy us. It’s all about taking note of what or whom we are grateful for in our lives. It’s a time to really take stock of what really matters. It’s so easy to get caught up in thinking about all the things that have gone wrong or all the things that we wish we could have or achieve.
I have been trying very hard to change that way of thinking. Every time I have a negative thought pop into my head I try to replace it with something positive. This takes practice. I work in a doctor’s office and every day I see someone who is sick or ailing with something and I think to myself how blessed I am to be healthy. I am not saying this to brag, but to humble myself because I know things can change in an instant and I want to appreciate what I have, when I have it. I walk past people in wheel chairs or people who can barely walk and I think to myself: Thank you God for giving me these healthy legs to walk to the mail box. Thank you Lord for giving me ears and hands that still work well so that I can perform my job each day to the best of my ability.
Noticing the little things in each day reminds me that He is alive all around us if we just take our blinders off to really look for Him. You will be amazed at what you will see if you are more aware of your surroundings and what people are doing or are saying.
What do you think you would notice if you put your phone down, shut off your television or went for a walk? What would remind you of something that you are thankful for? Try it!
I am thankful for the smell of the fresh crisp air on a fall day.
I am thankful for the sound of my children laughing….there is no better sound.
I am thankful that I have a roof over my head when there are many who do not.
I am thankful that my coworkers smile at me each day. It makes my day better and more tolerable.
I am thankful for each sunset that I see in this North Carolina sky. I have always said that God is the best artist. No one can paint a picture better that what He creates.
I am thankful that I have friends who care for me.
Those are just a few things but I challenge you to make a list of the things that you are thankful for and tape it up to your bathroom mirror where you can see it at the beginning of each day. You will be amazed at how life doesn’t seem so bad if you remind yourself each day of all the blessings we really do have.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34