The only time we make a big deal of being thankful, seems to be on Thanksgiving Day. Why is this? Why do we hold our thanks until November of every year? Do we forget that we have so much to be thankful for the rest of the year? I think I do at times. I forget, especially when things start going downhill. And I need reminders.
So what am I thankful for? All year around! Not just this month. Here is my list.
- My family. My husband and 4 children mean everything to me. They are the reason I get up every morning (even when I don't feel ready to). They put a smile on my face. They help me to see things differently. And my husband is the most amazing man ever. His love is unconditional and unexpected in so many ways.
- My other family. I have blood relatives, relatives by marriage and relatives that I have adopted as family because we just do. My parents, siblings, and Nana S are important to me. They are the people who know me best. My husbands family has also become as close as the family I was born into. They are kind and giving and always there.
- My friends. I don't have to be close and know every detail of every part of their life, but when we need each other, we are there for each other. My friends know, or should know, that if ever they had a need - I am here to help in whatever way I can.
- Having a home. I rent. Its small. I can't truly decorate it to be me. And since the developers cut so many corners, we have a lot of issues. But I can afford it. Its in a decent neighborhood. My kids go to a school that is nice and is only 5 minutes from home. I feel safe here. And I'm not sleeping with a knife on the bedside table anymore.
- We don't go hungry. I've lived in a hotel before. I've had peanut butter sandwiches or ramen every day. I hope that I never have to go back to that life. And I am thankful we are not in that life now. We might need government assistance, but my kids eat well. And its not the same meal daily.
- We have clothes. Decent ones too. Yes, my shoes are slowly growing ventilation shafts in them. No, we don't wear name brands unless someone gave them us. But they are not dirty, have no holes in them, not ripped. We don't look like bums. And that is all that matters to me.
- We are healthy. Okay, more so my kids and husband right now, but none of us are dying or needing trips to the hospital. A simple cold or allergies is always better than anything else that they could have.
- We have electricity. How often are you glad you have electricity? Do you take it for granted? During hurricane seasons, we never knew when or if the power would go out. A sort of panic comes over people when they find that the lights won't come on. How about having heat in the winter and cold air in the summer? Do you ever think about how fortunate we are to have these things?
- Clean drinking water. I can drink water straight from the sink or from a water bottle any time I feel like it. It is at my fingertips. Not everyone in the world has that luxury. Yes, it can be a luxury.
- My own vehicle. It can be a piece of crap sometimes. It has a cracked windshield at the moment. Could definitely use a washing... And I'm still making payments on it. But I can take it from point A to point B when I need to. I don't have to memorize bus schedules, walk all the time, or bum rides from others. I have a sense of independence.
- Freedom of religion. I might not be as devout as I once was, but I have the right and freedom to read my Bible whenever I choose. No one tells me when to pray. No one tells me what to believe. I can read and follow God myself.
- The internet. I will be the first to say how evil it can be. But there are good things about it too. And even more so when it is right at my fingertips. I can look up things I have questions about. I can find recipes when meals are stale in the house. Gift ideas are abundant when my creative juices are not flowing freely. I can keep up with family and friends whenever and quickly.
- Netflix. No matter how many movies I have physically, sometimes I need a break to find something new. Even when I can't afford to buy or rent something. Netflix is overflowing with things to watch. Especially when I can't sleep at 2, 3 or 4 AM...
- My ability to read. In this digital age, we often keep it simple. We go for memes and pictures. We watch videos. But do you know how privileged we are to be able to read? Be it an email, article, or even an online book. Heck, be old school and read a real book with a cover and paper pages for a change! And be thankful that you learned how to read. Reading takes me to other places. It lets me escape. Or gives me useful information on the past, current and future happenings. What are you thankful for? Did I miss something else on my list? Tell me in the comments below!
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