Amidst of the holiday commercialism and the turkey dinners, why are you thankful?
This question repeatedly pops up and I started thinking, hmmm why I am thankful. I mean really thankful, not the commercial reasons but more realistic and true. The answers took a little time for consideration but they are simplistic and honest.
There are a number of reasons to be thankful and the reasons will potentially vary depending on whom you ask. However, some reasons may be universal to everyone.
Take time during this month while you are preparing your holiday feast or attending one to consider why are you thankful? Your reasons may surprise you and hopefully encourage you the same way my reasons encourage me.
My list of being thankful:
Family: I am thankful for my family. My family is a unit of many people I feel that has contributed into my life in some way. These individuals are immediate and biological as well as God-given. My family may be a quirky bunch with each individual having their own special talent but they contribute to my life in various ways and I so appreciate them for all that they bring into my life.
Friends: I am thankful for my friends. Friends to me are for life. If I consider you a friend, then that is what you are. Of course we will have our differences of opinions and lifestyles but I appreciate the companionship at the time it is given. I may not have spoken with some of them in a while but if I recieve the phone call, I am on my way.
Health: I am thankful for my health. No, my health is not perfect but I am thankful for the ability to know what I need to change to sustain a better life.
My job: I am thankful for my job. Yes, this may seem strange but during this time during a tough economy I am thankful to have had the tenacity to have stayed employed for 25yrs to earn a retirement. No, my job does not define me. It is not who I am but what I am doing at the moment to earn an income.
My home: I am thankful for my home. No, I am not being materialistic but I am humble enough to know that a lot of people are homeless in this country. Therefore, a home is a simple request that should be afforded to everyone and not to a select few. It does not matter how big or how small but that it is a place where you are able to lay your head in comfort and peace to shield you from the outside world during the seasons.
My faith: I am thankful for my faith. It is my faith in God and the human spirit that tells me that everything will be okay. It does not matter what the news reports or what the business industry projects. It is the human spirit that always prevails against any and all travesties that are predicted and carried against mankind.
This is just a comprised list of why I am thankful and it should not be taken in any particular order. Of course I could have given more detail within this list but I thought I would give just the general idea.