The beloved season of Fall is upon us, which means it's time to remember and appreciate all the ways to be thankful! Technically we should be thankful year-round, but with the holidays approaching and generosity ensuing, it's more apparent that we need to be aware of the many blessings we have and the many ways to be thankful! Here are some wonderfully true ways to have a heart of thanksgiving!
As cliche as it may sound, this still holds true as one of the ways to be thankful! Sometimes we forget just how truly blessed we are because we often compare ourselves to others or desire more of what we don't have. Instead of focusing on what you don't have, focus on what you DO have! You'd be amazed how much more fulfilling it is!
I know for some this isn't a real option, which is heartbreaking around the holiday season. But that doesn't mean keeping family close doesn't apply! Your friends, loved ones, and people who've made an impact on your life are also your family. The point is to remember those people you love, to cherish them, and try as much as possible to spend time with them! We never know when our last moment will be, so don't take it for granted.
The very best way to be a more thankful person is to give to others. Give your time, your energy, your love, your homemade cookies, etc! Just give. Giving of yourself in a selfless manner automatically breeds a spirit of thanksgiving because you're focused on the happiness and needs of others rather than your own. Give time to your elderly neighbor who lost her husband, or compassion to the homeless guy who has no family. It puts an entirely new perspective on being thankful for what you have and whom you have in your life.
Sometimes you don't really know how to express what you're thankful for until you sit down and verbalize it! Generally this is a tradition at Thanksgiving, where you go around a table and tell of something you're thankful for. It's so amazing to hear what others appreciate, which amplifies your own heart of gratitude.
For us ladies who love to shop, this one is tough. In our culture of consumerism, happiness is equivalent to what you have. And the more you buy, the more you want. It's a vicious cycle of greed over need and it breeds discontent. I've totally experienced this! I also notice when I shop less, I am more thankful for what I have and am happy with not buying more. So, I encourage you all (myself included) to take a break from shopping for wants for a month, 3 months, a year, whatever time you want! It will be hard but so rewarding!
We need to constantly recognize that we live in a part of the world that allows us to be free. We have the freedom to speak our minds, believe what we wish, to vote and have opinions and to pursue whatever career we want. It's truly something to be thankful for, especially in light of what's happening in the Middle East. We're not persecuted for what we believe, or abused and killed by our own government. Choose to be thankful for this incredible blessing.
The art of writing needs to be preserved and what better way to let someone know how thankful you are for them, than writing them a heart-felt thank you card? It doesn't have to be after you've received a gift either, it can be just simply thanking them for who they are! It will definitely bless that person!
It's a wonderful thing to have a spirit of thanksgiving and appreciation. As we approach this holiday season, what things are you thankful for and how do you plan on expressing your gratitude?
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