We all have many things and reasons to be thankful and because we all have so much it’s easy to forget or just as easy to take for granted what we have.
There have been times when I wished for more, more money, more time, more patience, you might be somewhat similar. There’s one thing I know for sure, I don’t remember the times when I reflected on the things I am truly thankful for in my life.
I think it might be true for most of us too, that we don’t take time to just be thankful. My mentor Tommy Richardson always has an attitude of gratitude and I admire that very much. This week, in your journal, (you do have a journal don’t you?) make a list between you and you of all the things that you’re thankful for. More than just the “things” list the non-things too. Things like; awareness, sense of humor, creativity, you know… the non-things in your life. Those things that God gave you and you have developed or that you are still developing.
Then, when you have those times when things don’t go exactly as planned and you begin to fret… read the list. It’s awfully difficult to be angry, mad or depressed when you’re thinking of all the things that you’re thankful for.
I want to let you know about one seemingly little thing that I am really thankful for and it’s all the comments I get about this weekly e-mail. You have no idea how much it means when someone I admire and/or respect tells me “Jack, you’re a really good writer.” Writing is something I never thought I would be thankful for but now I am!
Thank you for reading this weekly note and know that I send wishes for the Happiest of Thanksgiving’s to you!