Lighting Ways to Brighter Days

I Am Indeed Thankful

Man, it has been a whirlwind of a year!  And some!!  Just look at the news.  Wars, fires, floods, tornados only start the list.  Some days, I’ve almost been afraid to even answer the phone, as the hits keep coming.  Now, enough of the gloom and doom.  I am so very thankful to just be safe, alive and well, and I am thankful that things are as well as they are.  This post is a mid-year reminder to just be thankful.  It isn’t close to the Thanksgiving Holiday, so sometimes we forget to just stop and be thankful for what we have.  Too often, we focus on what we DON’T have.  It is so easy to be negative and bitter that we don’t have everything we want.  If our basic needs are met, we are blessed.  A roof over our heads, a clean place to sleep, running water, food (no matter how basic) and just simply, mobility and the breath of life, are some of what we should be thankful for.  Some years ago, I read a book.  I don’t recall the name of it, but it suggested that when we’re feeling down, depressed, or, “some sort of way,” we take a three minute walk and just reflect on all of the things that are going right in our lives, and for which we can be grateful.  I will add that a walk isn’t always necessary.  It is ok to simply sit and reflect.  I find that this practice is an easy strategy to use as a pick-me-up, when the downer times come and when we’re feeling blue.  Being thankful takes no energy, and it will typically make one smile inside.  I am thankful; thankful that things are as well in my life, as they are.  Find something to be thankful for today and every day.  Happy Day of Thanks, Friends!