Giving Thanks!

Thanksgiving is one of those holidays where I feel compelled to tell people just how much they mean to me.  Sometimes it is difficult to put those feelings into words.  And sometimes, it just doesn’t come out nearly as eloquently as I’d like it to. But I try.  This year has been filled with so many ups and downs– it has been amazingly happy, devastatingly sad and everything in between.  It has certainly been enlightening and I have learned so much so I am thankful, even for the rough patches, because they help make me who I am.  And, of course, I am extremely grateful for the countless blessings in my life– my beautiful family, my unbelievable friends, and a job that allows me to do something I love.

But, this day in age, it seems like”being thankful” is something that many people are missing.  Entitlement seems to be more prevalent than gratitude.  And that saddens me very much.  I feel like a cranky old lady when I say “the kids of today just don’t even know how good they have it!”  But, I think it is true.  And, maybe it was true even back when I was a kid.  But, I know that the older I get, the more thankful I am for the little things in life.  Being able to see my 94 year old Grandpa several times a week is something that I cherish.  And yet, I go to his retirement center and there are people who have NEVER been visited since he has lived there.  It boggles my mind.  If we haven’t learned yet that the PEOPLE in our lives are really what our whole journey is about, then I think we’ve missed the whole point.

We have so much to be thankful for and I truly believe that it is this mindset of GRATITUDE that can shape our whole ATTITUDE about life.  I saw this quote and thought it summed up my feelings on the matter quite well:

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”  -Melody Beattie