Thanksgiving is a time for us to take a moment to appreciate all the great things in life. But often times, we forget what exactly we should be thankful for. There are countless reasons why mothers and fathers should embrace their loved ones and think of family as a priceless blessing. Why should families should be thankful and take a moment to find greatness in giving?
You’re healthy, happy and alive.
Despite the minor daily stressors that may seem unavoidable, you are capable of living a healthy and happy life. Remember that sometimes, health is your number one gratitude. You are able to run, jump, sing, laugh, dance and play under the blissful sun. Nothing in the world can stop you from living a happy life. Although you may not be exactly where you wanted to be at this point of your life, always keep in mind that no matter what, your health is a gratitude that should always remind you to live in cheer.
You have your friends and family.
Wherever life takes you, you will have someone who will always care for you. Keep in mind that your friends and family will act as your eternal support system. If you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, confide in your family to help you. Throughout life’s journey, your child should serve as your motivation to keep moving forward. Nothing can compare to the blessing of having a family. Appreciate your surroundings and those who have helped you along the way. Enjoy a moment of silence to reflect on all those around you who care. You are blessed!
You’ve come this far.
Think of all the times where you were close to giving up but remained resilient. Instead of breaking down, you stood your ground. Being a parent is not an easy job and you’ve come this far. Be proud of your accomplishments and keep in mind what your end goals are. If you’re feeling down, make a list of all your achievements and remind yourself how hard you’ve worked to get to this point. Rejection is protection, so embrace your process. Nothing in life happens by accident.
Be grateful for the little things.
Nothing in life is guaranteed, so remember to embrace what you have now. Ten years ago, did you expect yourself to be living this life? Probably not but that is nothing to be ashamed of. Life is full of endless possibilities so don’t forget to take a moment to breath. Step back from the chaos and appreciate all the little things that are going right. It’s easy to dwell on our mistakes and pains but life is so much fulfilling when we count times when life’s lessons served us well. Be grateful for your home, your job, your children and your positive mentality. Simply putting one foot in front of the other is major progress.
Tell others how you feel.
Most of the time, we are so caught up in our own lives that we don’t take a minute to tell others how we feel. Dedicate some time to express your love to a close friend or family member. Don’t underestimate the power of kind words. If you’re not good with face to face interactions, write a letter or send an e-mail. You’ll be surprised how big of a difference a small note of appreciation will make on someone’s day. It’s important to remind one another why we are thankful and appreciate their efforts and existence. What you feel you’ve yet to receive is your golden opportunity to give to someone else. Pay it forward.
Creative a “Then, Now and Future” book
Include pictures, labels, and journal entries to record your blessings. Write what you have accomplished and what you hope to do in the future. Where are you right now? Making a record and goal book of your life helps you remind yourself what life is all about. Creating a book of memories and plans will be great to share when your children grow up. Writing things down will also act as an incentive to help you stay productive and persistent. Share your thoughts with someone special. You just might inspire them to become their personal, ultimate best.
Enjoy your life. Nothing is that serious! Happy Thanksgiving!