Usually, on Thanksgiving day as I am passing along my favorite dishes, like my grandmother’s delicious potato salad or my aunt’s amazing homemade mac and cheese, I start to think about how blessed I really am. It’s always this time of the year, that exact day, that I feel even more thankful.
But what about every other day? Like a random day in March? Or June? Or even September?
It’s the smell of fresh air.
It’s a hot shower after a stressful day.
It’s my family and my friends.
It’s my coworkers.
It’s a cup of fresh coffee on a cold winter day (or any day before 10 a.m.)
It’s listening to my favorite song and jamming out in my car.
It’s a warm hug.
It’s the excitement my dog shows when I get home from work.
It’s the full feeling I have when I eat my most favorite meal.
It’s a full tank of gas.
It’s getting to see an old friend I haven’t seen in years.
It’s the feeling of getting to sleep in.
Its the smell of a clean house.
It’s all in the simple things of life.
There is so much positivity and happiness in the world. Really. Have you ever just stopped to look around? There are so many things to be thankful for, but we take advantage of them every day. Sometimes it’s nice to just stop and take a deep breath and let life… be.
I know I take the simple things in life for granted and something I fall short of is reminding myself that it’s so important to bring gratitude to the forefront of my daily life. I have to remind myself to have a grateful heart every day, not just Thanksgiving day. If I am positive, I see positivity in other people. A grateful heart is contagious, it is so powerful.
Living a life with a grateful heart is a choice. Life doesn’t have to be perfect in order for us to give thanks- to be grateful. My life is far from perfect, I struggle with something every day. However, I choose to be grateful, regardless of the circumstances. There are so many things in my life that I have worked for. I have only done the best I can.
You have only done the best you can- right? So, be thankful for what you have. You can’t blame anyone but yourself for what you don’t have. You can’t blame anyone but yourself for your negative heart.
Gratitude is so important for success. It’s the key to experiencing life at its best. I sincerely think that being grateful for your blessings in life is what opens the door to a life full of happiness. Nothing is perfect. You don’t need the nicest car, the nicest house, the nicest accessories. We in society today constantly compare ourselves to other people, what they have and what they have posted online. Just be thankful you have another day to live. Be grateful you have a new opportunity.
“Be thankful for what you have; you‘ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” -Oprah Winfrey
So I challenge you during this season, to reflect on one thing you’re thankful for every day for the rest of the year. It’s not that hard, there are less than two months left! I promise I am doing it. Once you get into that rhythm, it will become a pattern for you after the holidays.
In case you’re having trouble, here is a list of things to think about being thankful for, I know you have at least one of these things going in your life.
- Waking up this morning
- Having a holiday
- The roof over your head
- Your Bed
- Your family and friends
- Your health
- A new day, a new opportunity, a new beginning
- Seasonal candles
- The smell of fresh air
- The opportunity to have an education
- The opportunity to learn something new every day
- Having deep conversations
- Knowing we have a Savior
- Knowing there is a Heaven
- Having the ability to set and achieve your own goals
- Food on the table
- Your favorite song
- Hot showers
- Your favorite movie
- The internet
- Having a job and/or income
- Great co-workers
- The ability to dream
- Your imagination
- Sunrises and sunsets
- When a stranger smiles at you
- A home cooked meal
- Hearing some good news
- Random acts of kindness
- The freedom to vote
- Your favorite tv show or book
- Cameras to capture memories
- When you find something you thought you had lost
- The ability to travel
- Date nights
- Winning a game
- Fresh running water
- Uncontrollable laughter
- Good hair days
- Bad hair days
- Getting something for free or on sale
- The fact that there is no one else like you in the world
- Having the ability to learn from your mistakes
- The weekend
- The seasons changing
- Equality and diversity
- Creating a future with someone
- Jumping into a swimming pool in the summer
- Finding music that moves you
- Comfortable clothes
- Who you are
- Finding people who bring the best out in you
- Being able to drive
- Fresh bed sheets
- Your car
- Long drives
- Having a passion
- A nice bubble bath
- Bad days that make you appreciate the good ones
- The ability to help others
- Inspirational quotes
“This is a wonderful day. I have never seen it before”- Maya Angelou
I had a teacher in high school who made us recite the pledge of success every day before we began class and it stuck with me. These words I have pulled out in my worst days.
“Today is a new day, a new beginning. It has been given to me as a new gift.
I can either use it or throw it away.
What I do today will affect me tomorrow.
I cannot blame anyone but myself if I do not succeed.
I promise to use this day to the fullest by giving my best, realizing it can never come back again.
Make the most of your day. Be thankful, be grateful and you will be blessed.
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones.