An Age To Be Grateful Not Just on Thanksgiving
I have noticed some of my friends in the ages around the late 50s to early 70s talking more about being grateful. In my own life I am doing the same. There must be something about being more grateful as we age.
It could be we are reflecting more on all the people we have known, the places we have been and the accomplishments and events in our lives. What a life each of us has had up to this point in time!
There are many people we can be thankful for in our lives. Think of the people who were your friends at work who you shared lunch time with. Your colleagues who shared with you, instructed you, who volunteered their time for association meetings as maybe you did too.
Think of your parents who fed and took care of you and sacrificed so your life would be better than theirs. Think back about other family members like brothers and sisters we shared so much of our lives with, aunts and uncles who gave us presents and cared about us. Some of these family members are no longer with us. We probably didn’t tell them at the time but we are now grateful for them.
Think of all the places you have been in your life and all the things you have been fortunate enough to experience. Some of us have traveled to other countries, other states, the nation’s capital, the great Western US, or our National Parks. Maybe you had the experience of attending a World Series, the Super Bowl, Kentucky Derby, the Olympics, Indy 500, a Broadway Play, or the Petit LeMans. I am sure you will remember any of those great events and be grateful you made that part of your life. Maybe it was attending a play at your local high school, your church meetings, or volunteering. Then maybe you now recognize that life is a journey and simple things like sitting under a shade tree, sitting by a stream, people watching, or visiting the senior center are all things to be grateful for.
Think of all the things you have accomplished in your life and how grateful you are for them. These may include raising a family, a happy marriage, your education, sports or music, a career, a trade or skill you learned really well. This list could go on but I am betting if you really think about it you are grateful for the opportunity you had to participate in each of these accomplishments.
Now in our everyday life we are becoming more grateful for people we run into like the cashier who smiles and chats with us, the friend who calls and invites us to lunch, a spouse who stays by our side, service workers who wait on our table, clean the hospital and keep this world going. We can show our appreciation by saying thank you, tipping, holding the door open for people and generally recognizing and showing respect to everyone.
My Thanksgiving challenge to you is As we go through life from this point forward we shall live in the present and recognize every experience, person and place we come across in our lives is something to be grateful for. All things big and small is to be appreciated. Showing gratitude helps too. This in turn will make us happier and our lives more fulfilled.
So in the spirit of Thanksgiving take some time to think back on all the things you are grateful for. Maybe this post will jog your memory.