Being Thankful: A Journey to Recognition

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I’ve been thinking excessively about the future. In a time of wars, economic turmoil, and an abundance of pain and grief, sometimes trying to push forward with life seems impossible.

At times, I sit alone with a heavy heart, fearing that life will never be as it is in the movies; a husband, children running around outside with the family pet, and beautiful home. This dream seems so far away, so unreachable. The world is in so much pain, and I am now losing sleep. It seems like our future is carved out for us already; no room for creativity or passion anymore.

I find, in times like these, it’s easy to forget about the small things that make us happy. For me today, that’s the sound of the rain hitting the leaves outside my bedroom window, the colorful flowers that have started to bloom in the warm weather, the bird’s chirp in the morning, bringing a song to me right as I wake…These are simple things that Mother Nature will always bring to us, regardless of our situation, and I think we often forget to be thankful for such gifts.

Life will always have rough spots along the way; life is an unpaved road, giving you the tools to lay the cement. Even when we may feel those tools have failed us, they will remain there, always. Never be afraid to use them, and be thankful for them. For us, those tools may be our mom and dad, our aunts and uncles, our brothers and sisters, or our very dear friends. They will always be there to help you create the path of your life. Be there to help them create theirs.

There are so many gifts in life…Reach out and make a point to recognize those, and be thankful for them. Be thankful for all that you own. Be thankful for the job you have, even if you don’t much care for it. Be thankful for nature, and all it’s wonders. I find saying thanks for everything you have in the morning is an amazing start to the day. You wake with a positive attitude, and by giving thanks, you manifest more things to be thankful for.

So, in these negative times, really remember that you really do have so much. It’s a never ending journey to recognize all the things to be thankful for, and it can only start when you say those two words: Thank You.

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