Thankful Nov. Days 29 and 30: Just Plain Thankful

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I have to admit… I’m cheating a little bit today. I know… shameful. I was just too tired to write last night and I’m running out of fresh ideas on what to write about in terms of thankfulness. Okay, I know how that sounds. This was a very easy thing to do when all I had to write was one quick status in the morning and call it good. It is a little harder to be original every day with an entire post to write about. I hope you’ll all bear with me on this.

For Day 29 I wanted to talk about oh.. any  number of things. When it comes right down to it, I’m thankful that my life has been relatively easy. I have my fair share of complaints, as does anyone, but in the grand scheme of things, I’ve sailed through life. It’s one of those things that many like myself can easily take for granted. We start to gripe the second something hard comes our way. We may have some legitimate reason for being flustered, hurt or angry, but ultimately, we have nothing to really complain about.

I suppose part of my problem is simply that I worry too much. I do. It’s too bad really. Living life worried about everything isn’t the best. Given that I worry so much, it means I stress out and forget that my life really isn’t as hard as it may seem. I have had to weather some bumps and bruises along the way, as everyone does. It wouldn’t be right to say I’ve never had troubles. It’s just that I haven’t had as many and they haven’t been as trying as others. I’ve been really lucky that I haven’t had those issues. I’ve seen folks around me have tougher days and I’m not always so sure how they handle it because I’m not sure how well I’d handle it. I’m often impressed by how resilient some of the guys and gals are as they face tough days. I will say that I am thankful for the few hurdles I have had to face. They do help make me who I am and continue to shape me.

I’m thankful that my parents were so good to us kids and were always there for us, making life that much easier. I’m thankful that I liked school and didn’t feel a need to rebel and really make life hard for myself. I’m thankful that I’m easy going and willing to go with the flow, again helping to make life easier. I’m thankful that I’m not picky when it comes to eating (though again this may back fire some, but that’s about me needing self-discipline). I’m thankful I’m easily entertained and that I’m rarely bored – this tends to mean I stay out of trouble. I’m thankful that my parents taught me to make good decisions. I’ve witnessed first hand good people lead tough lives because they make poor decisions. I’m not judging or being critical even, just noting that life could be so much different for those folks. I could go on but you get my drift.

Truth is, I’m thankful that I’m thankful. Okay that can sound pretty self-righteous I know but hear me out… I’m glad my parents taught me to be appreciative of the things in life. It’s helped me to be a better person for one and better yet, to not take things for granted. It seems to me that people who aren’t grateful, aren’t as happy in life. There’s a lot of negativity around them and that’s unfortunate. I’m so lucky that I have a lot of positive things in my life.

So on to day 30: I’m thankful for well quite simply… another day. Just to be here breathing, smiling, having a chance to work another day is a huge blessing. So many end up losing out on that opportunity and usually far too young. Every day I’m here and able to do even one positive thing is a big deal. I’m eternally grateful for that.

Thank you all for reading all my days of gratitude! I hope you’ve enjoyed my posts. I hope to continue with this type of regular writing through December, etc. I have to spend some time thinking of a clever name for my theme. If you have any suggestions, I’d be happy to hear them. I am looking focus my efforts on the holidays though (and that means more than just Christmas and New Year’s – just FYI). Take care all and I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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