Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thankful, grateful, joyful

Today is Thanksgiving, everyone across the country will be gathering with friends and family, overeating on sweet potatoes, turkey and gravy, stuffing and pies. I love this season, everyone seems to be just a tad bit happier, loving and well, thankful. You know what I am talking about, you pop on Facebook at anytime in November and your feed is full of posts from friends about what they are thankful for. I love this time of year for just that. Many have set aside the anger and hate, the self-pity and ego boosting, and looked for the big and little things in their lives that God has blessed them with. It's a month that I enjoy on social media!

So December 1st is right around the corner, what is going to happen? Our feeds will be filled with complaining about shopping, crowds, our schedules being too busy, and more and more negativity. So my question is, if you can look for the positive for 30 days, why can't you do it everyday? Thanksgiving Day is only one day of the year, but we can turn the Thankful frame of mind into a lifestyle. Wouldn't that be amazing? Wouldn't the world be such a better place if we all found something Thankful each and every day, instead of jumping on Facebook and Twitter to complain about the person in front of us at the store who is taking forever. Be thankful you are able to make it to the store!

Over the years my hubby has had to work numerous holidays. It's the way of life, he's a firefighter and we knew that from the get go. The first few years we felt sorry for ourselves, poor us, we don't get to do what everyone else gets to do. We don't have the famous family holiday photo. But as our family grew, and we changed our way of thinking we stopped feeling sorry for ourselves. We have adjusted over the years. We still have all our same family traditions, but we just adjust. Today is Thanksgiving and years ago we started the day by decorating for Christmas. My hubby hates putting up the tree, so this works for us. The kids and I decorate and when he comes home Friday morning from the firehouse the house is festive!! I spend Thanksgiving with my dad's side of the family. My grandparents live about 5 minutes from us. They have my whole life. Thanksgiving is our family's big holiday, aunts and uncles, and all my cousins come in from far and we celebrate together. This is all I have known for 38 years. I'm blessed for my family who I get to spend the holiday with, even when hubby is out saving lives!

Thanksgiving is not the only holiday we have adjusted to. Come back next month, hubby works Christmas again this year and I will share with you how we adjust to this!

I am thankful for so much this year! I am thankful of course for my friends and family. The people who love me for me, keep me true to myself, and who are always there for me! I am thankful for my life, everything about it. I am blessed with a home, clothes on my back, and activities to keep me busy. I am thankful for my business, the ability to help my family financially, the people I have met through the years and the joy it brings me each and every day. But above all I am thankful for God and His love for me. Because of him I have this life. He has graced me with so much, the ability to sew and run a successful business, the family and friends in my life that bring me so much joy.

So today, as you gather and talk about life, watch some parades and football, think about what brings a smile to your face. Think about each person that God has placed in your life and the joy that they bring. Think about every tiny thing in your life that you take for granted, be thankful for it. Today, set the self-pity aside and be joyful. But most importantly don't just do it today! Make being thankful a way of life: be thankful, be grateful, be joyful!

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