What Are You Thankful For?

Next week is Turkey Day as we call it in my family. And, we can’t wait to get together, eat, and spend time to together as a family. My kids love to eat my famous homemade rolls, my daughters’ will make their sweet potato casserole and pecan pie. My dad will smoke a turkey, and my mom will make her famous apple pie. And that’s just a few of the items on the menu. We have a lot to be thankful for this year, and next year is looking even better.

With so many ungrateful, unappreciative, and entitled people in the world, it’s not wonder people look forward to Thanksgiving. The original Thanksgiving was supposed to show gratitude, appreciation, and goodwill. It’s become very commercial over the years, but the spirit in many homes is the same: thankfulness, gratitude, and appreciating what you have.

It’s been an eventful year. Lessons were learned, patience was tested, changes abounded, and life was just life. In the end, the kids and I are happy. We have each other, and we are starting a new and more fulfilled life. The challenges that we faced have yielded needed changes, and outstanding personal growth. We’re grateful to have each other, and have overcome tests that have had some positive results. We’re grateful.

Appreciation is something that is learned at an early age, and with time can be cultivated to bring on gratefulness. Grateful people make life satisfying, and really show you the bright side of life. This year has also yielded great new friends and colleagues. I have an inner circle that is: loyal, loving, encouraging, respectful, considerate, caring, inspiring, we can depend and rely on each other. It really is true what Jim Rohn said, I’m paraphrasing: you are the sum of the 5 closest people to you. Watch your circle, it will either make or break you. My circle is making me.

This year I learned that intention is important. You have to beware of what you put your energy into. Watch your thoughts. I’ve learned that there are just some things that I just don’t have the time, brain space, or energy to waste on. I’ve learned what it means to feel good from the inside out. The energy you put out, is the energy you get back. So, I stopped dealing with things that drained me. That meant that there were things, places, and people that I just don’t pay attention to any longer.

Negative energy needs to stay with the negative source it comes from. Period. You can’t be thankful, grateful, or appreciative if you only look at what you don’t want. I only focus on what I do want, and it’s worked wonders. I’ve never been one to care what other people think, but I do pay attention to how they feel. This helps me to become a better person. It’s an attractive force, and it helps others to know that they have value and worth. I use things, not people, and I’ve reaped the harvest of having help and opportunities come in at the right time.

Being thankful fills you up with positive vibes. Who doesn’t want that? Negativity effects the brain in destructive ways. Avoid negative people and places when you can. Don’t feed drama, and none will come to you. Feed gratitude and appreciation, they’re priceless. So this holiday season, look to the ones that build you up, hug you when you’re down, and bring out the best in you. It’s worth it. And, be thankful for it.





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