Happy Thanksgiving to all of my followers!
This is my first Thanksgiving blogging and I feel like I’ve got to say something inspired and wonderful, but instead I put up a gif of Joey dancing with a turkey on his head. Why? Because Thanksgiving Day is just that: a day. It has 24 hours just like any other day, but what makes it special is the particular emphasis that it places on being thankful.
In my family, we have a tradition to go around the table at meal time and say three things that we are thankful for that happened in the past year. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is great that we have a day dedicated to thankfulness. My only issue is that we should be thankful every single day.
I love Thanksgiving because my whole family comes together, because the food is amazing, and because I am reminded to give thanks. Too often in this life we focus on the negative. We focus on our stress, our pain, our wants. And yes, those things are valid, but I think that we should give equal if not more time to being thankful! Not only is it a good practice, but positive thinking has been proven to improve mental and physical health.
Anyway, I think I may have strayed onto a tangent but before you go, I do want to list a few things that I am thankful for:
- My family. I have a large family and we all live relatively close, meaning that we get together on a regular basis. However, that does not make getting together on the holidays any less exciting, it feels like a party! Especially now that my aunts and uncles are starting a new generation of cousins! In fact . . .
- I am thankful for miracles! My aunt and uncle were told point blank several years ago that they would never, ever, ever have children. Period. It was not possible. However, three months ago, I got the call that God had answered our prayers and that my aunt was impossibly pregnant! As every day passes, that little lime-a-bean grows stronger and bigger. I cannot wait to meet her ❤
- My health. I have had health issues in the past and I will continue to deal with them in the future. However, this week I am doing well. I have been able to control my flare ups and I am managing. I am thankful for what I am able to do.
- My jobs. As I make the transition from graduate student to simply graduate, I am no longer allowed to work at my current position (where I have worked for four years) because it is technically a student position. Two months ago, I had a complete breakdown, thinking that I would be jobless. Again, God answered my prayers and I have two job offers for January!
- My Family. Why do I mention them twice? Because they, and God, are my foundation!
- The Blogging Community. That’s right, you guys! I am so thankful for this community that I have slowly become a part of. I can’t believe I didn’t get involved earlier. Although, maybe if I had, I would not have been prepared and active as I am now. Thank you for your lovely support on my blogs! I’m already almost at 300 followers and that is absolutely insane to me, so thank you!
1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Happy Thanksgiving Day Everyone!
What are you thankful for? Not only today, but every day?