I think the holidays are always stressful which leaves us not being thankful like we should be. Why do we make it so stressful on ourselves?
I try so hard to be thankful and grateful, but unfortunately, it's usually bad news or a tragedy of some sort that forces your eyes open to your blessings. Like today, I found out my 10 year old jack russell terrier is dying of kidney failure. Sucks. But also makes me appreciate the fact that I can go home tonight and pat her little doggie head and tell her how much I've enjoyed her companionship over the years. There is always something to be thankful for.
I just look around and am thankful for absolutely everything. This computer, my typing hands, the birds I can watch outside, my children's laughter, my husband...the music you play. :) "Pictures of you" is on right now and I love it. I guess sometimes I think about being in prison in gray, cold walls and think about all that I would miss if I were there.
I find myself truly grateful and thankful for family...immediate and extended! I am thankful for health and laughter..those little day to day moments that bring such smiles to our faces!
I am fundamentally grateful for many people and things in my life. I have a harder time keeping worry for the future at baby and staying in the present.
I think we have to be truly grateful to give thanks. However, simply recognizing the things we should be thankful for and really thinking about it can bring on the true thanks we would like to genuinely feel. That is why I love doing my Thanksgiving posts each year. It is a way that I sit and actually think about all the wonderful things I should be thankful for. I hope you had a great holiday my friend! Have a good night!Mama Hen
Oops, I meant Thanksgiving posts each week. I am still pooped out from all that turkey! :)
Remembering what really matters - faith and family. Much bad news in the media today. Some of it may be true. If I listen to that it is harder to be grateful. If I dwell on failures I've had (esp financial ones) it is harder to be grateful. But if I think about faith and family, now that's a formula for gratitude.As always, you do a good job of succinct posts and discussion-raising questions.Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.
Sometimes it's a struggle for me, but I've tried to make "thankfulness" something that's a ritual every day. As I drive to work, I like to spend some minutes or the whole drive in silence thinking about all the blessings I have in my life. I'm amazed at how much doing this makes my life feel richer and my day happier. I'm hoping my little boy will learn how to make this a ritual too...
Oh how I wish it were that easy. I am the same exact way - grateful - but finding thanks is a completely different ball game.
I definitely agree with Natalie's comment about the stress. I feel like the pressure of enjoying the holidays and feeling happy and grateful overpowers just being and living in the moment. Stopping to take a breath and actually feel thankful definitely is something I'm going to need to practice more once I get back from vacation.
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