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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thankful Thoughts

This time of year, many of us are preparing menus for Thanksgiving dinner, arranging travel plans to reunite with loved ones, or maybe dreading all of the hustle and bustle the holidays bring. Regardless of where your thoughts are about the upcoming celebrations, take a minute to appreciate all the little things in your life that you would not normally think of as blessings. It's these little things that we don't give much thought to, that we complain about, or we might just completely take for granted, that make our lives comfortable.

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I Am Thankful For...

The clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have enough to eat.
All the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech.
The lady behind me in church who sings off key because it means I can hear.
The mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends.
The taxes I pay because it means that I am employed.
My shadow who watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine.
The spot I find at the end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking.
The piles of laundry and ironing because it means I have clothes to wear.
Weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been productive.
A lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.
My heating bill because it means I am warm.
The alarm that goes off in the early morning hours because it means that I am alive.

~ Author Unknown
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By changing the way we think about these irritations in our lives, we will be able to see just how blessed we are. Make your own list of things that might be considered annoyances in your life. Then, challenge yourself to find the blessing in each item on your list. You might be surprised at just how much you have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

I Am Thankful For

6 comments:

  1. I love that poem! Thanks so much for sharing it. It's true, we don't appreciate the many things we have. I have to say, I often feel like a spoiled child. Thanks for the reminder that there are even more things to be thankful for than we could possibly list.

    Um, I'm grateful that I have to spend money on gas because it means I have a car, that I have the ability to go places, AND that I have the money available to be able to buy gas!

    I'm grateful for the construction I have to drive through every day because it means the roads are being improved and will someday be better to drive on than ever.

    (Can you tell by this list so far that I spend a lot of my days in the car? LOL)

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  2. What a lovely thought. Thanks for sharing that.

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  3. Good thoughts to ponder. Thanks for the thoughtful post.

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  4. We all could use a reminder of thankfulness, especially for the simple things we take for granted. Thanks.

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