Thanksgiving comes once a year, but being thankful should happen all year long. There are so many things I am thankful for, family, friends, a home and so many others. It is so easy to take these things for granted. Some of us may feel entitled to have even the most basic necessities, forgetting how truly precious they are. We also get caught up, wanting all the new and shiniest things, like a new iPhone or name brand clothing. We forget there are many people around the world who don’t even have clean drinking water.
What am I thankful for?
Family is a very precious gift. Sometimes we wish we could choose our family, other times we simply take them for granted. We all have mothers and fathers. Some are with us. Some are not. Whether they have passed on from this world, or are not involved, they made us. For the fortunate ones, parents nurtured and raised us. Taught us how to be independent successful adults. To think for ourselves and make the right choices. How to be goods parents. To love and be loved. Parents showed us the true meaning of sacrifice. I am so blessed to have both my parents in my life. They have set the ultimate example for how one should live their life. Their support, guidance and love could never be repaid, even if I had 1000 lives to live. Thank you, Lord, for my parents.
My children are my whole world. They give so much purpose to my life. Watching them grow is one of the most magical things I have ever experienced. I always wanted children, there was never a doubt in my mind. Some people may not want children and that is their choice. Some may not be able to have children, but there are plenty of ways you can still be a parent. I am thankful for the miracle of children and the joy they bring me.
Siblings, if you have them, are friends for life. Sometimes there will be sibling rivalry, but they are a precious gift given to us by our parents. My sibling has taught me how to be a friend. How to be a good mother. She is an ear when I need advice or a shoulder when I need to vent. A constant support in all thing’s life brings. She is someone to laugh with. To make memories with and share my ups and downs. I am so thankful for my sister.
Grandparents are a gift that not everyone gets. There is nothing quite like the love of a grandparent. Their love is unconditional. All they want to do is spoil and adore you. Both my grandfathers had passed away long before I was born, so I never got to feel the love of a grandfather firsthand, but I see this relationship in how my father and my children. My grandmother on my mother’s side passed when I was two years old. She gave me a monkey which I have kept all my life as a special reminder of her. My father’s mother died when I was pregnant with my daughter. She was always warm and loving and I feel so lucky to have had her in my life. I am thankful for my grandparents and everything they did so that I could be here today.
Friendships may not always be perfect. We can have disputes. We can disagree. They are two-way street with give and take. Friendships are so important and need to be held dear. Friends can be there to support you. They may understand you differently than your family does. They can play devils advocate and encourage you to take more risks. If you have some good ones, your friends may even become family. I am so thankful for my friends and everything we share together.
Spouses are partners in crime. They are on the same path as us. They understand us, care for us, and help us navigate lives’ many twists and turns. I am so blessed to have my husband in my life. We have our ups and downs. More up than down. He is my best friend, my biggest supporter and makes me feel stronger when I feel weak. No matter what, he always has faith in me. To him I can do no wrong. With him by my side I know I will never be alone. I am so thankful for the life I have with my husband.
Necessities and Comforts
Food, water, and a roof over our heads are gifts that are not available to all people, but they should be. I am so thankful that I have clean water to drink, I eat 3 meals a day, have cleans clothes, a place to call home, a safe neighborhood, good schools for my children, electricity, heat and A/C to keep us comfortable, vehicles to transport us from A to B, freedom to practice our religion, and for the many other freedoms offered by our country. I know life would tell a much different story if even a few of these items were not attainable. These gifts are not something that I have gotten on my own. I know the only reason I have them, is because they are gifts from God. So finally, I thank God for providing for us and always watching over us.
Have you given thanks?
While it is one thing to be thankful, it is another to thank others. Have you told your parents, siblings, spouse, children, friends, or other people in your life you are thankful for them? Now is the time to share. Let me know who or what you are thankful for, and why? Please follow, comment, like and share this post. Until next time, stay safe and take care!