Why Are We Thankful?

November 25, 2012 on 4:29 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Thanksgiving just passed and we spent the day thinking of why we are thankful. I am not crazy about creating a list of things I am thankful for. No matter how hard or long I think about it my list will be incomplete. When Thanksgiving Day comes I just say that I am thankful. I really am but sometimes I wonder why.

Life is a difficult struggle for everyone even for those that seem to have everything. Life is precious and just being alive is reason enough to give thanks every day of the year, not just on a holiday. Other than being alive why are we thankful?

I frequently see people that seemingly have terrible lives. They might be poor, or under-educated and possibly even substance abusers but when I talk with them they leave me to believe they are happy. I am sure we all can think of a stories about people that appear to have everything. They are intelligent, wealthy and attractive and for some reason they are miserable.

Obviously there is more to life than money, brains and looks. Health, family, friends, ability, the list of things to be thankful for can go on just as long as I want to keep adding to the list. My original question still stands, why are we thankful for them? Something that makes one person happy can make another person unhappy. A blessing to one of us can be a curse to another. Is it the situation, the circumstance or is it us?

I am led to believe that being thankful has nothing to do with the lives we live. Perhaps it comes from living our lives. I do not have a particularly great life. I am not wealthy, neither am I poor. I am certainly not the smartest person alive but I do not think I am the dumbest (of course I could be so dumb I just do not know). Some people might think I am good looking more would likely disagree with that. Maybe because I am content with the things I do have and do not envy the things that I do not, I see plenty of reason to be thankful.

I remember the days in my life that I was not particularly happy with my lot in life. I was trying to live a life that I thought would make me happy. Years later looking back I should have been happy living the life I had. I spend a lot of time preaching accepting others for who they are. Has anyone else figured out that I have forgotten to mention accepting ourselves first?

How can I ask another person to accept me if I have not learned to do so first? Once I learned to accept me I started to truly understand why I am thankful for the life I live.

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