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The Thanks (Part 2)

November 28, 2010
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“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies, but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.~Henry Ward Beecher

“So often we dwell on the things that seem impossible rather than on the things that are possible. So often we are depressed by what remains to be done and forget to be thankful for all that has been done.”~Marian Wright Edelman

Good afternoon SQers!  For those of you, who tried to be more giving this past week..how did it go?  I hope for those of you that celebrated Thanksgiving that you had an excellent day full of food, family, friends, health and happiness.  I know I certainly did and am glad I got to spend time with my family and loved ones.

The holiday season is always portrayed as a time of family, friends, love and togetherness. Regardless of what we choose to celebrate during the season or whether we celebrate any at all, that “holiday spirit” is something contagious that we all feel. It is also during this time of the year we reflect on how important our family & friends are something that we probably should be reflecting on every day.  Why is it that as a society we try to concentrate our thankfulness in one tiny part of the year when we really should be thankful every day?

It is human nature as the Edelman quote suggests to dwell on that which is incomplete, missing or not going right so much so that we put ourselves in a rut. While dwelling on all of that, we should ask ourselves: “What is going right in my life? Could things be worse?( which in most cases they absolutely could). Someone who is experiencing worse could probably look at your life and tell you all that is going right which you can be thankful for.  To them you have the world when to you what you have doesn’t seem significant.

How is it that we try to reconcile that huge disparity into a day of saying we’re thankful when to really be thankful enough we should be thankful everyday?

As with many other things, the answer to that question is change.  Change how we act on a daily basis. It is never too late and it does not even have to be in the most grandiose way, sometimes simple is best. Succumb to the season and take 5 minutes to think about all of the things in the past year which you have to be thankful for. And from now on you make that a daily ritual, taking some time each day to reflect on and pick at least one thing that you can be thankful for regardless of how bad your day was and how simple what you might be thankful for is. Take the challenge to give and to be thankful beyond this week and apply it to your whole year.

That’s all for now. Have a great week!

See you next Sunday,

❤ SQ

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