Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Giving Thanks

I have lots to be thankful for. I live a blessed life. I have an abundance of so much and life, for me, is easy. There are so many people in this world where getting through each day is a struggle to survive. I have clean water that runs from the tap. I don’t have to walk miles to collect it. I don’t have to worry about the cleanliness if it or bugs are lurking in it which might make me ill. I have food in my coffers. I don’t worry where my next meal is coming from. I am not scrounging for food or having to line up to get what I am given. I can choose what I want. I have a closet full of clothes. There are many in there that have hung unworn for years. I have more right now then what some will have in a lifetime. I have a home. A roof, heat, and most of all security. I don’t worry about invasions, tribal wars, or even bloodshed in my neighborhood. I have the freedom to say what I want without persecution. I have a voice. So many are silent.

This Thanksgiving, let’s give thanks and mean it. There are so many in this world with so much less. So much less than what we have that it’s hard to even imagine life in their shoes. In the grand scheme of things we live better than 99% of our fellow inhabitants on this planet, but we are all in this together. So when we get together with all our crazy and weird relatives and friends to stuff our faces, let’s complain a little less. Let’s take the time to remember just how lucky we truly are.

Be well. Be gracious. Be thankful and be giving.

10 comments:

Angie Eats Peace said...

What a great post, thanks for the reminders of all we have to be thankful for.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Monica S. said...

Thank you for reminding me to be thankful. It made me stop and think. It made me realize I needed to slow down and not rush thru the holiday

TJ said...

Great post! Happy Thansgiving! :)

Shelley said...

Happy Thanksgiving - hope you have a wonderful day with your family!

Tricia said...

Lovely post, thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hanlie said...

We have a saying here - "complaining with a loaf of white bread in your hand". We all do that, but I have also made a point these last few months of rather counting my blessings. Happy Thanksgiving!

Asianmommy said...

Well said! Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours.

Aleta said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this. So much truth.

Carolina Girl said...

Amen girl. Happy holidays, hope all is well! :) xoxo

Nancy B. Kennedy said...

Coming to the party late, but it's good to read this post any day of the year. Thankfulness is an uplifting state of mind.