Lots to be thankful for…

It is always easier to dwell on what you would like to have more of or what you don’t have that you wish you did have!  But, it is so much more satisfying to focus on what you DO have and be thankful for those things that make your life comfortable and happy.  This time of year – the holiday season – usually brings out these types of thoughts and reflection.  I try to find things to be thankful for all year-round — I’m usually a “glass half full” type of person who tries to find the good in just about everything.  One of my favorite sayings is “everything happens for a reason”.  But, there are times when that outlook is extremely difficult to maintain.  It is those times that it is even more important to focus on what you can be thankful for in your life!

So — in giving with the season — here are the things I am most thankful for:

  • I am thankful for my family.  If you know me even remotely, you know that I am close to my family.  I am thankful that I still have my Mom – even though she’s 800+ miles away, we are able to talk via phone or computer every day and we can visit several times a year.  I’m thankful that I can travel to her at least a couple times a year and I’m thankful that she is still able to travel to me at least once a year.  I am also thankful for a brother I have always been close to.
  • I am thankful for my friends.  I’ve been blessed with many close friends over the years – some I am still close to, some are fairly new friends, some I’ve recently reconnected with, and some I’ve lost touch with.  But all have enriched my life and contributed heavily to my memories.  I feel lucky to have so many friends I know I can count on, if necessary, and that know they can count on me!
  • I am thankful that my Grandparent’s home is still in the family and we can still have holiday dinners in the same room we did all the years I was growing up!  Grandma and Grandpa are gone, now, but my brother lives in their house with his family.  We had Thanksgiving there this year.  And, while it was strange and sad to look around the table and not see Grandma, Grandpa, Poppie, Aunt Betty, and others who have eaten there with us for many, many years, it was still a joy to share another holiday meal with family in that house! 
  • I am thankful for my three dogs.  I can’t imagine my life without at least one dog in it!  I have always had dogs who have brought absolute joy to my life.  The three I am blessed with now are no exception.  They are loving companions and make me smile and laugh every single day.  I adore them and am so lucky that they found me and are filling my heart with love!
  • I am thankful for my job.  With so many people unemployed and struggling, I am reminded every day how lucky I am to have a job.  It may be stressful and trying, at times, but it sure beats the alternative and I definitely don’t take it for granted!  I don’t understand those who constantly complain about their jobs when there are long lines of people who would gladly take whatever is dished out to them just to have a paycheck to provide for their families!
  • I am thankful for my health.  Yes, I do have some health problems – some fairly serious, but nothing I can’t live with and keep under control.  I am blessed with the ability to live a normal life and get around and do just about anything I want to do.  I am reminded that health and life is so precious because of a family friend who is seriously ill.  A little over a month or so ago, he was healthy and active.  Then, he had some stomach pain and they diagnosed him with liver cancer.  In a few short weeks, he went from an active, vibrant man to a meer skeleton going in and out of awareness and ability to make any sense.  He has been given 3 months or less.  We went to visit him in the hospital the day before Thanksgiving and it was heart wrenching!  Be thankful for whatever level of health you are in — it can change in an instant!
  • I am thankful for laughter!  I love to laugh and to hear laughter!  Life is tough lately and people don’t tend to laugh enough!  Laughter is healthy and makes you feel so good!  There is an old saying – Laughter is the best medicine!  From little chuckles to hard belly laughs that bring tears to my eyes and make it hard to breathe — laughter is something I strive for every single day to some degree!
  • I’m thankful for my home.  It isn’t a mansion and isn’t huge, but it’s mine and I’ve been able to make it a comfortable refection of me and what makes me happy!  The only thing that would make it better is if my Mom would come live with me so we can be together all the time!

So — yeah, there are a lot of things I’d love to have, but don’t and lots of things that I wish I had more of.  But dwelling on them is depressing and unhealthy!  I have a TON more to be thankful for – much more than I’ve listed here!  Life is good!  I choose to be happy and make the most out of what I do have!

What are YOU thankful for?

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