We are quickly approaching the time of year where we are reminded to be thankful for all of the wonderful things in our lives. I’m talking about Thanksgiving of course! We are reminded to be thankful for a roof over our heads, for a job that provides a comfortable living, for a family that loves you unconditionally, and for just being alive and well. While these are great things to be grateful for, we have to go beyond being thankful only during the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s important that we show our appreciation for the things and people in our lives all throughout the year.
We should also be sure that we aren’t taking our loved ones for granted. Think of your best friends, family members, and co-workers. During the holiday season, we tend to say “Thank you” a lot more to those that do a lot for us, but they deserve to be recognized all-year-round. This week, I challenge you to tell someone how much they mean to you and tell them how grateful you are to have them in your life. More importantly, I challenge you to be consistent and share your appreciation for your loved ones continuously throughout the remainder of this year and well into next year.
Who knows? A few words can go a long way; it can make someone smile to know that you took the time to show your appreciation, or it can inspire them to show gratitude for their friends and family members. Everyone can use a reminder of how awesome and loved they are. Even you. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” -Melody Beattie