Thanksgiving is that time of year when we’re supposed to sit back and think about all the things in our lives we have to be thankful for.
It doesn’t seem right we only take one day a year to be thankful for what we have, we should always keep in mind those things we are grateful for — no matter how small or insignificant we think they are.
Here’s a good start — if you have food to eat, a roof over your head, transportation, people who care about you, or people you care about, then you’re already doing well. Some people sadly lack these very basic things in their lives — things most of us would take for granted.
We should each focus on the positive aspects of our lives and take nothing for granted. Be happy every day for the things you have, not unhappy over the things you don’t have.
I’m thankful for the wonderful people in my life, like Anita, her family, and my kids, Lucy and Sam. I’m thankful I have a job and a vehicle to get around with. I’m thankful for my home and my health.
There was a time when I didn’t have some of these things in my life and I remember feeling sorry for myself. Gradually, with faith and perseverance and the help of loved ones who still cared, I got my life back and have worked hard to keep a hold on those things that matter most.
If you dwell on things you think will make your life better if you had them — more money, a bigger house, a fancy car, a better job or career — you’re only going to lose sight of what is really important.
Then there’s the little things I give thanks for. The things nobody else probably notices, but they are things that I just find warm, or amusing or sometimes just downright hilarious.
• For all the made up words people come up with — like “ginormus” or “melancoliness.” You amuse me.
• For text messaging with my daughter, who responds to my texts at the strangest times and almost always makes me smile when she does.
• For the little notes Anita leaves me in my lunch. She’s always so thoughtful. • For Sam’s recaps of his football games, where the first question out of his mouth after the game is “what was my best play, dad?” They were all fantastic, I always tell him.
• For making coffee machines so simple all you have to do is put a little container in the device and some water and it brews coffee in seconds.
I think if we just stopped to think every day about what we’re thankful for, we could make everyday a day of Thanksgiving. Though we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the big meal that goes along with it — so we’ll save that for the fourth Thursday in November. Turkeys everywhere, I’m sure, are breathing a sigh of relief.