I once read a quote that goes like this:
“Whatever I am offered in devotion with a pure heart – a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water – I accept with joy.”
I, among many people living in America, are truly lucky to be given not only just opportunities, but also everyday necessities such as a roof over our head, companionship, something to wear everyday, water to bathe and drink, plus so much more- all of these I am grateful for, among many others.
In a place consumed by materialism and greed however, there are times when I have forgotten to be thankful. Looking back, I can say that I’m ashamed of my mindset, but since then, I’ve aspired to count my blessings instead of sheep each night.
While I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving for several reasons, primarily due to its history, I continue to reflect on what it means to be thankful for things big and small. Each day, I write one thing I’m grateful for, and here are some of my favorite entries:
– I’m thankful for Crystal’s friendship.
– I’m thankful for being able to get enough sleep.
– I’m thankful for my boyfriend and our cuddly dogs.
– I’m thankful that I’m able to walk today despite my ongoing back problems.
– I’m thankful that I’m overcoming my depression.
– I’m thankful that I’m learning new ways to cope with anxiety.
– I’m thankful for being able to blog and see it do well.
And that’s only just a few entries.
I can’t say this for everyone, but keeping a thankful journal has improved my outlook on life. It’s taught me to appreciate even the smallest gestures- the kindest of smiles, an encouraging pat on the back, a thoughtful message on Facebook- because these things tend to go unnoticed.
So, I encourage you to start one of your own.
There are many things to be grateful for- you just have to know where to look.