By Jessie Gurner
Thanksgiving is a day to reflect on all the blessings in our lives.
The first one that comes to mind for most of us is a table filled with delicious food that we will share will family and friends. While being thankful for our families, friends and homes may be at the top of the list, there are many other things we should remember.
In the words of an unknown author: Count your blessings instead of your crosses. Count your gains instead of your losses. Count your joys instead of your woes. Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears. Count your courage instead of your fears. Count your full years instead of your lean. Count your kind deeds instead of your mean. Count your health instead of your wealth.
Love your neighbor as much as yourself.
Often when times have been difficult during the year, the more things you realize you’re thankful for when the holidays roll around. That’s the way it should be anyway – difficult times should help us see what it is that we have, not what we wish we had.
Being thankful gives everything a fresh perspective and enables us to see the many good things all around us. And the more ways we find to give thanks, the more things we find to be thankful for.
Why wait for Thanksgiving to express your thankfulness when you can do it everyday of your life?