Being Thankful

19 Nov

It’s the week of Thanksgiving here in the US, which means that everyone on my social media streams are busily posting about how thankful they are for all kinds of things: parents, kids, pets, houses, health, etc.  It’s lke a Thanksgiving feast for the soul over there.

However, there is something missing.  Everyone is thankful for all the good things in their lives, but no one seems to be thankful for the bad.  To me, that’s only being half grateful.  After all, without the bad things in our lives, how could we ever appreciate the good?  So, my Thanksgiving list is a bit different from everyone else’s this year:

 

I’m thankful for the times that I’ve been unemployed because they teach me that I am more than a paycheck or a job title.

I’m thankful for times of ill health because I realize that good health is not a given, and to treasure every second with those I love.

I’m thankful for student loan debt because it gives me empathy for those with financial stuggles, and hope for a brighter future.

I’m thankful for those who disagree with me because they keep me from being complacent and close-minded.

I’m thankful for cars that break down and electronics that fail because they remind me that I survived without them before and I can do it again.

I’m thankful for car accidents because pain-free days don’t go unappreciated.

I’m thankful for missteps in my spiritual life because they force me to reevaluate and strive to do better.

I’m thankful for the losses in my life, because they make the findings more joyous.

I’m thankful for the failures, because they make the successes sweeter.

But most of all, I am thankful for my less than perfect life because true perfection is incomplete.

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5 Responses to “Being Thankful”

  1. sarahlangdon November 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    I love this line: “I’m thankful for the losses in my life, because they make the findings more joyous.” So very true!

  2. artgirlnyc November 19, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    This is a wonderful way to think about gratitude. Personally, “I’m thankful for the times that I’ve been unemployed because they teach me that I am more than a paycheck or a job title” resonates quite a lot.

    I’ve been thinking about writing a Thanksgiving post, and I may have to throw in some of the bad things that I’m thankful for as well. It’s important to remember.

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