Happy Thanksgiving to all! And for the record, no, that is not my dinner table (in my dreams maybe). Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Not just because of the food, although that is a HUGE perk. It is one of my favorites because of what it represents, well, to me at least.
I've often discussed how things have changed over the years, i.e, hectic schedules, the impact of technology on the family, and the like. It is easy to get caught up in "keeping up with the Jones" nowadays. Materialism interferes with our ability to be thankful for what we do have.
Thanksgiving is a day to count our blessings, something that should actually be done everyday. Remembering what we are thankful for keeps us grounded. Not only that, by expressing what we are thankful for on a regular basis, we are modeling our values for our children. This is so important given the sense of entitlement that children have nowadays.
I would like to count my blessings on this date:
- First and foremost, I am thankful for my beautiful, healthy and joy filled children. Their spirit and energy inspires me each and every day.
- I am thankful for my wonderful, supportive and caring husband. Although we have our ups and downs like all couples, his sense of humor can pick me up when I am at my lowest. His love is endless and by that I am humbled.
- I am thankful for my family. Words cannot even come close to expressing my undying gratitude for all their love and support over the years. They truly are my best friends and I would be lost without them.
- I am thankful for my friends. These women have provided me with enough laughter to fill a lifetime. They inspire me to be a better person every day and they give me strength ever time we are together. I love you guys.
- I want to say thanks to all of the readers of my blog. Your faithful participation in this forum keeps me strong in my desire to help others. We teach what we want to become. Writing this blog hopefully helps me to be a better wife, friend and mother.
- Thanks to my friends at Minti. Their support, encouragement and the wonderful community that they have developed have been a valuable resource for me over the last several months.
There are so many other things to be thankful for, far too many to list. Have you counted your blessings today? And how often do you reflect on those things you are thankful for? A gratitude journal can be a fantastic way to keep centered. It is easy to do too. Just write down five things you are thankful for every day.
In closing, I want to wish you all a peaceful and blessed holiday!