This past weekend, everyone throughout the United States celebrated Thanksgiving. When I think about Thanksgiving, the first thing that comes to mind is gratitude. Thanksgiving is important, but you should not wait until the thanksgiving holiday to give thanks for all the good things in your life. You should count your blessings and thank God for them every day of the year, especially when He answers your prayers.
Being thankful does not mean that you compare your circumstance to the misfortunes of other people. You can look at another person's struggles and say, "I'm so thankful that I'm not in her shoes." It is a way of ensuring yourself of the quality of your own life. However, it is self gratifying. Instead, focus on all of the people who make you happy and the things that benefit you and cherish them.
Think about your family and your good friends. If they are the people who have stuck by your side through the good times and the bad, take a moment to reflect on that. Never take anyone for granted because no one lives forever. Tell those people how much you love them and how thankful you are for their support.
If you are in good health, preserve it and thank God for that blessing because sadly, not every person is granted with good health.
If you have a business that is flourishing or a job that provides you with a high salary and good benefits, acknowledge that God has richly blessed you. Without His help, you would have not built your fortune.
If your marriage is good, you and your spouse are closely bonded in love and commitment, nurture it and enjoy every moment of his or her company. Marriage is about sacrifice, teamwork, commitment, responsibility and love. It's hard work because no one is perfect and we all make mistakes. But, if you and your partner uphold these five virtues, your marriage will be blessed.
Before you start your day, give thanks to God for the blessings in your life.
Kathryn is an author. She writes for www.viking-direct.org, a website that provides office supplies, including everything from stationery and ink cartridges to office furniture.