On Thankfulness

I have a serious attitude problem. I have a tendency sometimes, to focus on what I DON’T have, instead of what I DO have. I’m sure we all do this from time to time. It’s easy to get wrapped up in this kind of self talk: “If only I had THIS, then I could do THIS.” “I don’t have that, so I can’t be happy”.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the U.S. I’ve never really thought much about this holiday (our Thanksgiving is in October here in Canada), but I’m seeing so much discussion about it in my social networks, that it’s made me sit back and reflect too.

My reflections are further emphasized by the fact that this year, U.S. Thanksgiving Day is also my birthday. As Americans sit down to celebrate with their families, I too will be celebrating with my family and friends.

I’ve realized this morning that I need to give myself a bit of an attitude adjustment. That being grateful for what one has isn’t about a holiday, or a birthday, but that gratefulness should be a theme throughout life.

So, as of this very moment, I will no longer worry about what I don’t have. I will focus on what I do have:

My health and the health of my family. I am blessed to have a loving, wonderful family who are healthy and happy. I too, am blessed to have my own health and well being.

My friends. Tomorrow will be a day of celebration for me, and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to have amazing friends who want to share that celebration with me.

My work. I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to follow my passion. I owe that opportunity to my parents, who always encouraged us to follow our dreams, and to my husband, who works so hard in order to give me the opportunity to make my dream come true.

So that’s it. It’s out there. No more focusing on lack. Only focusing on the abundance I already have.

What are you thankful for?

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4 Responses

  1. I’m also thankful for the chance to follow my passion.
    And, I’m thankful that my work allows me to contribute to worthy causes and volunteer my time to support people who are trying to make this world better for everyone.

    Thank you for writing this.
    Have a great Birthday!

    To continued health and success!

    Pamela

  2. Thanks for the preface Thanksgiving Day post. It’s making me think today and that’s never a bad thing.

    Happy Birthday (early yes) Suze!

  3. […] I’ll have a short round up of Thanksgiving posts, but in the meantime, you should read On Thankfulness.  My friend, Suze is Canadian but that didn’t stop her from reflecting, just in time for an […]

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