Ok, so today it’s Thanksgiving, and I thought I would share with you some of my reasons for being thankful.
My life is far from perfect and there are things about it I would change if I could. But despite this, I’m grateful.
Being grateful isn’t always easy.
I believe we have this tendency as humans to focus more on what we don’t have than on what we do.
That’s where thanksgiving comes in.
It’s about focusing on what we have. It’s not about false positivity. It’s in fact about turning to the light in our lives and choosing to focus on that.
I was talking about this the other day in a mum’s group and I likened negativity to being inside the entrance of a dark cave and choosing to be turned towards the darkness, and gratitude to being inside the cave but turned towards the entrance, towards the light.
Both the darkness and the light are present, but we can choose where to turn and what to focus on!
With that in mind, my heart is to be thankful for all I have. Not just today because it’s Thanksgiving, but every day, because there is always something to be thankful for. Every single day.
I have thousands of reasons to be thankful (my husband and kids, my parents, my friends) but today I’m going to share with you some reasons to be thankful that I believe are common to all of us as humans:
1- Being alive
I’m able to breathe, think, feel! What a wonderful gift it is to be alive!
I’m thankful for today. Today is a new day. It’s unique. I’ve never lived it before. It’s like a blank canvas ready to be filled. And so, I’m grateful for today.
3- The beauty of creation
Pine trees, beautiful sunsets, the moon and stars, the beauty of a simple rose, the glistening sea, cute animals… all these are examples of the beauty of creation. And they are all around us, waiting to be noticed.
4 – Food
Food is both medicine and pleasure. It helps to nourish and heal, and it also exercises our taste buds! What a wonderful gift.
Books provide us with education, entertainment, emotional connection, and help us escape our reality for brief moments.
In a time when we’re not able to travel, books are even more valuable as they are brilliant at sparking our imagination, which is a free vehicle to other worlds.
So those are my five reasons to be thankful. Not my only five reasons, of course. But the five reasons I chose to share today, which I believe are common to you too.
To finish off, I’ll just share a few inspiring quotes about gratitude:
“For my part, I am almost contented just now, and very thankful. Gratitude is a divine emotion: it fills the heart, but not to bursting; it warms it, but not to fever.” Charlotte Brontë
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” G.K. Chesterton
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” Robert Brault
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” Maya Angelou
And with those inspiring quotes, I bid you adieu! May you grow in gratitude. 🙂