This is the time of year when we Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. It is the national day of overeating and appreciating how far we have come, who we have come with, and a special day to acknowledge all the blessings in our lives.
With all the turmoil, strife, sickness, poverty, and political muck raking it can seem hard to be grateful for your current circumstances. Not everything in your world may be the way you want it and the future may not feel like it will get any better. As you are reading this you have much to be thankful for – you can read, you have an electronic tool at your disposal, and you have the ability to think and decide things for yourself. Everything else that is going on is simply noise. You have much to be thankful for, and today is a good day to start feeling thankful.
Tell the people you love that you love them. Be thankful for the ability and health to be able to work for your living. Appreciate your ability to learn and grow and change and become a better version of yourself. And give thanks that you are alive and kicking no matter the state of your health. Someone else may need to be reminded that just as you are thankful they can be thankful too.
So let’s start this week being thankful and counting our blessings. Let the attitude of gratitude exude from your pores and infect those around you. You might be surprised as to how much you can influence your world to be better simply by being thankful.