The Season of Thanksgiving is not only upon the USA but also upon the rest of us in the Christian world. I tell myself that despite the wars, the bombings, the attacks I see everyday on my TV screen, despite the bad news of newer, tougher bugs, more and more incurable diseases, I have a lot to be thankful to the Almighty for.
I am thankful that I have good health on my side. I maybe tired and stretched out at times but I am healthy, my feet are healthy enough to take me places and even though I wear glasses, I can see. My hands work and so do every part of my body and I am deeply thankful for that. I can exercise each morning and jog and I am thankful for the ability to do so. My husband and my children are healthy and that’s already a lot to be thankful for.
It is easy to murmur and complain – our world is getting selfish by the day when you see the order of things. Suddenly, taking photos of other people and other things are not as interesting as taking a selfie and posting it on Instagram or Facebook. We are obesessed with ourselves – our bodies, our careers, our selfish indulgences. And yes it is easy to complain when things are not exactly going our way. It is at such times that we need to remember the little things – and of course the big things to be thankful for.
Be thankful if you have a roof over your head. Food on your table. Clothes on your back. And family to come home to every night. So many people in so many places around the world lack so many basics that everyday life sounds like a fairy tale for most of them struggling to make a living. Poverty is no longer exclusive to the developing world but is also relevant in the developed world. You find poor in the same street sometimes as the super rich. If you sit and count your blessings as the old hymn says, you will find so many things to be truly thankful for.
Choosing to be thankful is like choosing to be happy. We make choices and the choice we make determine what our attitudes will be like. If there is darkness around us, we can light a candle instead of cursing the darkness. We can look for the things that we sometimes take for granted and tell ourselves that they are indeed blessings.
There’s a saying – I cried for a pair of shoes until I met a man without feet. Life is what we make of it. Gratitude forms a major portion of living your life well. Some of us of course are never happy. Never content. But that’s not the road to travel – thats the road of addiction, depression and death. We need to be grateful for everything we have. Often it is life’s simplest things that bring the biggest pleasures.
Find the little things that make us truly happy – and thankful. A messy house – it means you have active kids. Soon, they will not want to mess up the house and be hooked on an X Box. Gifts to buy – means you have family and friends who love you. Chores, never ending to do ; means you play an important role in the lives of those around you.
Let us be truly thankful this Season – Happy Thanksgiving everyone.