With Thanksgiving just a day away, I would be remiss not to take this opportunity to talk about thankfulness. I have no doubt that many people, including me, put family, friends and health at the top of their list of things for which we are thankful. These fall into what I call the "no brainer" category. So, in true fashion of this blog, I decided to push my thinking beyond the obvious and look for areas in which feeling thankful can be difficult.
Here is what came to mind...
When my teenagers are exceptionally challenging, I am thankful that I have grown more patient.
When business doesn't produce the results I was hoping for, I am thankful for an increase in personal humility and appreciation for the times when things go in my favor.
When close family or friends struggle with health issues, I am thankful for a greater understanding of the frailty of life and the ability to tell them I love them.
When life seems overwhelming, I am thankful for being forced to re-prioritize and for being humble enough to ask for help.
When I am feeling sorry for myself, I am thankful that I am reminded there are people living in unsafe conditions who would give anything for some of the blessings I take for granted.
When I am watching the news and see people living in fear for what they believe, I am thankful that I live in a country founded on freedom.
When I have disappointed someone or they have disappointed me, I am thankful for that nudge in my heart that tells me to ask for forgiveness or to forgive quickly.
When I sit down each week, as I have for the past five years, unsure about what I am going to put in this blog, I am thankful that all the people reading this still support me and urge me to continue.
In truth, thankfulness should not just be on this special Thursday in November, it should be every day. We should look for every opportunity to find thankfulness in everything.
Wishing all of you a blessed Thanksgiving!