I’m as guilty as anyone of posting content on the internet that represents having a perfect life. I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving but if not, I want to point out that life is not always rosy for anyone. The past two years have been challenging for every single member of our family for one reason or another. There has been loss of life – dearly-loved people and animals, displacement from homes, job changes, freak and unexpected accidents, business issues to be dealt with, isolation due to geographic separation, hard personal decisions to be made….you name it. As with every human being no one is exempt from ups and downs along the road of life.
I fully recognize there are people worldwide who have even more dire issues they are dealing with. Such as those who are continually food insecure, those who do not have a weather resistant roof over their heads, live in unsafe or unhealthy environments. Sadly, there will always be a population of people who have physical, mental or emotional challenges or are suffering other tragic circumstances through no fault of their own.
What I am most thankful for this Thanksgiving are a few very essential life skills that have been passed down from both my parents – called resilience and coping mechanisms. There is always, always something to be thankful for even if it is just the ability to open ones eyes in the morning to greet a new sunrise. As challenging as it may seem some days, looking for and finding one ray of light in one’s life can change one’s perspective for the better.
May you find it within yourself to think of something very authentic to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. Join me in taking some time throughout this holiday weekend to make a list of things that you appreciate having in your life. Even if it’s just finding the lost sock you’ve been looking for so you have a matched pair to keep your feet cozy. Or the warm smile that came from a person you encountered on the street this week.
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Anonymous
“In Everything Give Thanks.”