It’s November and there are less than 60 days left in the year. With the first in the trifecta of end of year holiday’s quickly approaching I encourage us all to spend a little time reflecting on the things that have transpired this year that we are thankful for. The next time you have a quiet moment, make a list. Write down the things that made you smile, touched your heart and reminded you that everything is going to be ok. With all the challenges we encounter at home and at work it’s hard sometimes to remain thankful, but we must. We must celebrate even when we miss the mark because the outcome, while it wasn’t what we were seeking, could have been much worse.
I found this poem about the importance of being thankful that I feel sums everything up. It really touched my heart when I read it and I hope it does the same for you.
Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.
Be thankful for the good the bad, the ugly and the sad. Be thankful for the things that happened, the things that did not. Tell the people in your life that you love them, you need them and how thankful you are for them. Be thankful.