Monday, November 25, 2013

Someone else is thankful for less than what you have...



I think the quote above, to me, really illustrates what is at the heart of thankfulness. We are not thankful because we are happy – we are happy because we are thankful. In essence, thankfulness leads to happiness. When we can appreciate the good things in our lives, it leads to a sense of well-being.

Does this mean that everything in our life is peachy-keen? Of course not. As great as it would be, life doesn't work that way. But what we CAN do is spend a little more time being thankful for the good things in our lives.

No matter our struggles, there is always someone out there in the world who is struggling harder. Sometimes we should simply be thankful for the everyday things that we may take for granted: sanitation, running water, and a roof over our head.

It’s all about perspective. So as the day of thanks approaches, let us all find something, or someone, to be thankful for.

What does “being thankful” mean to you?

138 comments:

  1. And people who have less are often more thankful for what they have than people who have more, but feel it's never enough!

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  2. That is a great saying! And very true.
    I always think of the Bible verse, 'In all things, give thanks,' That doesn't just mean give thanks when things go our way, but when they don't or it hasn't manifested yet. That's a positive attitude.
    Have a great Thanksgiving, Keith!

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  3. so very true. the other day i went to a park. i saw lots of elderly people still working, selling toys to children or food. it got me thinking a lot about life, and despite of the struggle i've been through, these people have a bigger battle than me. makes me feel so grateful. for me being thankful means do the best i can, and share with others.

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  4. Such a true statement Keith and a great reminder to be thankful for everything we have.

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  5. Absolutely amazing post Keith .. and it goes to show that I was right about that saving lives thing ;) Being thankful to me means always being appreciative for what you have ... I have bad days at work, but I am grateful to have a job to give my family a home and food in their bellies ... I have a bad day with the kids, but I am grateful that I have kids, when so many have lost theirs ... I get into a fight with a friend, I am grateful to have friends when others struggle with mental diseases where they cannot function with society .... I don't have the best house in the city, I am grateful that I have a home .... We must remember to always give thanks for what we DO have

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  6. I totally agree Keith... it's happy people that are thankful... I am grateful for my challenges as they brought me to where I am today...

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  7. So true, I think we should see that quote every day, because it's so easy to forget.

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  8. I am thankful that I always have enough to give something away!

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  9. Your opening sentence is so very true and a real bell ringer for me. Too often we think we don't have "enough" when to others we are extremely wealthy. Thanks for the reminder.

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  10. Great advice today, lovely post. We do have so much to be thankful for.

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  11. I completely agree. Instead of moaning about all that we don't have, we need to be thankful for everything we do have.

    Happy Monday!

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    1. After all, when we really think about it, we have so much. ☺

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  12. I think it is all about "thanksliving!" We are blessed beyond measure!

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  13. Being thankful equates being alive for me. Because whenever I have found myself to be losing on the zest or feeling out-of-key, the source has been that of not feeling thankful. I think when we say thanks, we form a connection and when we make connections we let the love of the Universe show up and grow in us :-) So thank you Sir! For inspiring these string of words. Wish you all the magic that a loving spirit such as yours deserves. Salute!

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  14. Life becomes so much easier when you appreciate the things you have! :)

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  15. Love, love, love this quote!!! I always try to be thankful and appreciate what I have no matter what it is! :)

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  16. being thankful is being aware...of all the things tht we have and that others dont, not taking things or life for granted and acknowledging that in the way we live and care...

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  17. True indeed, always someone out there worse off, although when you are in rough shape, that doesn't matter much.

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  18. Love love love this - thank you so much for sharing.

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  19. I agree with you. I always say a thankful heart is a happy heart. My mother used to tell us when we were little and poor, "Be content with what you have and you will always be happy". She was right.

    have a happy day.
    JB

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  20. Absolutely focusing on the positives in my life is what I strive to do. But if life becomes overwhelming, it's easy to get off track. My mother always said "there are people worse off than you" whenever I would complain. Great post to kick off Thanksgiving week!

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  21. "Being thankful for..." draws a blank for me. Gotta start thinking. Nice of you to share this thought.

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  22. It is all about perspective. Some people are thankful for things others take for granted. I'm well aware of how lucky I am to have some of the things I do and I'm thankful for a lot of things. Mostly my loving and caring family and friends. It's cheesy and cliche, but they're what I care about most.

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  23. I agree with you 100% This was always my father's philosophy too, that someone else is having an even more difficult time than I am-I always remember that when I get down

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  24. i totally agree with you. as much of a mess as our country seems to be in, arguing amongst ourselves more than anything - we still have so many things we take for granted here - choices, opportunities, amenities, luxuries, really...

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  25. Nice entry. As I wrote in another blog I'm thankful I can still scrub the toilet. Really I am with my age and health I'm thankful for everything.

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  26. So true, so true. I'm thanful every morning when I see I'm still breathing and the house is warm.

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  27. Great post, wonderful sign. There is always something to be thankful for. Right now its very cold here and the sun is out brilliantly. Great view first thing in the morning. And the night sky is a fabulous starry treat.

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  28. often i desire more, but then i remind myself of what i have, and that other ppl don't have even what i have, and i feel blessed.

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  29. I'm both thankful and happy. I'm thankful I'm happy and I'm happy that I'm thankful. I think some folks think thankful isn't part of the mix. Happy isn't part of the mix. Hard to explain, but some folks look for both in places they will never find either.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  30. Love this. Being thankful really does lead to a happier life, and sometimes I think we need to see that thankful someone who has less than us to have it really hit home.

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  31. yes... I'm very grateful that my biggest concern this morning while drinking coffee and reading some blogs is how I want to cook m'eggs... leaning toward scrambled with cream cheese... wish I had some chives

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  32. I've been thinking a lot about what it means tot prosper...if it's all money and things...it's pretty narrow...I choose to believe it's so much more. Some things are more precious than gold and silver but like gold or silver we sometimes have to dig for it.

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  33. Being thankful to me is counting and appreciating all the positive experiences I have going for me. I am so thankful to be here with all my family, friends and learning. What a ride!!
    I am thankful for your energy and contribution Keith. Thanks for being here and for your courage and humor!!

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  34. I love this quote. I find that in hard times, gratitude is always a way to lift myself out of the "muck." Indeed, there is always something to be thankful for.

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  35. I completely agree with you , thankfulness makes us a happy and satisfied person that is the best thing :)

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  36. I've never heard that quote before, but it's one well worth remembering. It truly takes a lot of thought to appreciate all the things we have to be thankful for. Often we let many of them go by unnoticed.

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  37. I agree with you. When something bad happens I always think, It could be worst...because it could be. I'm thankful for the little things that can make me smile.

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  38. The quote you posted above says it all. I am grateful for so many things in my life, small to big. But the gratitude itself keeps me pretty happy.

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  39. Basically for me, being grateful is simply not doing something mindlessly. When you pay attention to things, that's when you realize just how much you actually have.

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  40. I am just happy. I should be more thankful of course..

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  41. Appreciation... learning to appreciate the little things in life.

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  42. I very much like the line, it's all about perspective.

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  43. Beautiful post! There's nothing to add :) This is what being thankful means to me, too: if we're thankful for the simple things in life, we start seeing things differently, the positives outweigh the negatives...that's where we start being truly happy.

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  44. So very true Keith!!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  45. LOL! That's actually what started me into serious writing. I had to pen out someone who had it worse than me so I could REALLY appreciate my life. It's true though. Happiness is a choice based on where we place our focus. Great reminder. =)

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  46. What does being thankful mean to me? Being aware of each and every thing I own, each and every person I know, each and every kind thing done for me...and....taking none of it for granted. Being aware that not everyone is as blessed as I am and doing my best to rectify that situation.

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  47. Keith, I love this post. It's so true, everyone has something going on that we don't know about. I'm thankful to have you as a friend! Also I'm thankful for books, and my family. ^^ For me, they make life worth living.

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  48. You are SO right!!! I once taught a lesson about how the more thankful we are, it brings us more joy. It also makes us focus on the good we have.

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  49. Yes, absolutely! I so agree with you. I believe that if you dedicate a little time to this train of thought, you will be a much happier person.

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  50. thankful is appreciating the good things, however small. I read somewhere we need a balance of 5 positive interactions against every one negative interactions for any relationship to work, because our brains are hardwired to see the negative in things. Being able to appreciate things changes that emphasis, so your quote fits in with that.

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  51. Thankful. Something I'm not enough. I've seen a lot of ugliness, things that hve happened to me, things my parents did and said to one another, things I did to other people. I feel ashamed often times that I didn't stop to appreciate all that God gave me more. In light of the things that have happened to me, I would frequently say it was worse so I think you have to acknowledge that events and people and things are as they are and it is what it is. There's always good and beauty. I'm so grateful my mom didn't succeed and commit suicide because it's hard enough growing up as it is. I'm grateful that my dad found happiness after the divorce with my step mother and step siblings. I'm grateful for my generous and always there, always supportive grandparents/uncle. I'm blesses to be graduating from college deposits the debt. I'm blessed and thankful that I was able to get into graduate school. I have friends that are there when I need them most, I've made it through some of the most difficult fires and it's not going to be easy finishing recovery or growing up, but it's something and I only hope and pray that I can have a generous and living heart every day for others.
    also thankful for you and your comments that make me smile. :)
    Great post!

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  52. Being thankful, to me, is feeling and expressing gratitude for all and everyone in my life. It is appreciating the little things in life and not having to feel that I want more! Great post, Keith.

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  53. Such a true statement Keith .... Unfortunately we only see how thankful we should be ..... but not only about material things ... we should be so thankful for all the people around us, that support us, love us and make to world to this wonderful place.

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  54. You are so right, Keith. I try to remember that I have so much compared with so many in the world. It has done me a world of good to be intentional in my gratitude.

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  55. Thankful for grace, family, friends and breath. Great post Keith.

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  56. That whole saying, "someone else always has it harder" makes me think... there are a finite amount of people alive at any given time... therefore SOMEONE must be having the worst time of it. I wonder who it is, and what they're dealing with?

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  57. To me thankful actually means THOUGHTFUL

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  58. It's the littlest things in a day that make me the most thankful!

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  59. I am most thankful for the my family right now- they are always a blessing. Have a great holiday week!

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  60. I have so many things to be thankful for it would take up your whole page...maybe I'll make a post about it! Thanks, Keith.

    But one thing I'm very thankful for? I'm thankful for YOU! :)

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  61. I think along with being thankful for what we have, we need to put our thankfulness into action by expressing that thankfulness to those we are thankful for and also with some kind of deed as a result of our thankfulness. Sitting in a warm comfortable house and thinking thankful thoughts is one thing, but acting them OUT in some way is another. Thanksgiving should be an ACTION word. Happy Thanksgiving, Keith.

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  62. I love that! I've actually pinned it before :) And I definitely agree. Working on being more thankful each day.

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  63. I really doubt many people are truly thankful anymore. Thank about thanksgiving and then the next day where everyone makes fools of themselves over junk they don't need

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  64. I agree! Whenever I feel like I'm having a bad day or I'm in a bad mood I take a moment to remember what I have that's good and that makes my bad day better. (Or a little, at least. Sometimes we just have bad days.) I've found that even during the hardest times of my life I've had things to be grateful for, you just have to take a moment to think about them.

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    1. If you don't post before Thursday, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a wonderful holiday! :)

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  65. Love this! Every day shows me I have countless blessings. So very grateful~

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  66. Being content with what I have.

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  67. I definitely agree with that quote!

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  68. This is such a good question. I guess for me being thankful is appreciating everything I have now. I'm appreciating the fact that I'm not in any real pain. I have a house over my head. My husband and mother are with me. We have enough to eat and our children are safe. I try to be appreciative of what I have because I know so much of this is transient. I'm wishing you a day of happiness and contentment tomorrow, Keith.

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  69. I remind myself almost daily by being thankful I have a roof over my head that I can afford, it's a much smaller place than I had, but I'm no longer panicking about being able to afford to live decently. A bonus is the smaller place is faster and easier to clean.

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  70. Like your quote! Interesting topic..

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  71. That is a wonderful quotation. To me thankfulness is a total appreciation and embrace of something whether that be a cup of tea, sunrise over a misty field or a stranger's smile of greeting.
    This post and all the comments under it, made me smile - and I am thankful for that too... thank you.

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  72. Nice words. To me thankfulness is about being able to see the things around me clearly, rather than through a fog. One day (maybe over a beer or a fine Kentucky rye) I tell you more!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  73. Great post, and a wonderful reminder. I try to be grateful every day, but once in awhile, I get bogged down in stuff that doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  74. Keith I absolutely love this post and just could not agree more! It's an attitude of gratitude that makes the world go round. There's nothing more irritating than a spoiled person and I know I have been spoiled in my life. I think gratitude also comes with maturity don't you? But anyway...great words at the perfect time. I hope you have a lovely lovely holiday this week...I am grateful I found you...you make my life pretty chipper!

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  75. I wish I could answer that, oh I can there's always coffee ;) have a good one

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  76. For me, it means never losing sight of all the good things in my life...and always being truly grateful for them:)
    Such a wonderful heart-warming post...I adore it!

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  77. This is so true. I spent 6 weeks in Kenya when I was 19 and it changed my life. My perspective will never be the same. What a wonderful Thanksgiving sentiment - enjoy your holiday!

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  78. So very true. I am always trying to be thankful genuinely and not in comparison to what others have or have not. I really like to find thankfulness in each thing for its own sake. It does take practice. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

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  79. Totally true.
    May you be blessed with the happiest Thanksgiving yet.

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  80. I've been thinking about this so much lately, and have found that I feel "sparkly" when I'm really in the thankful zone. : )

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  81. Being thankful to me means being content with what I have because really there are always people that have less than me no matter how little I have.

    Happy Thanksgiving friend!

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  82. I'm thankful for my simple country life and thankful that is enough for me. Wishing you a very nice Thanksgiving. Paula from south Texas

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  83. When I meditate, as I do every morning, before I actually start I count all the reasons I am grateful. There are many. Although I am a Buddhist I count my blessings in a Christian way. It is amazing how this starts the day in a positive way.Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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  84. This is the time of year that I reflect on what I am truly thankful for. And you are right, it sometimes is the simplest of things. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  85. I so agree! Certainly something for us all to think about.

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  86. The day of thanks should be everyday, my human friend. I'm thankful I have a roof over my head. I'm thankful that my human is thankful and he goes out of his way to be there for those less fortunate than himself.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :)

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  87. Being thankful for the simple things in life.

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  88. So true, Keith... And we should remember it more often... Just to be alive, and well, and have food and the loved ones next to you is reason enough to be thankful every day...

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  89. Attitude of gratitude! Yes!

    Happy Thanksgiving, Keith! :)

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  90. oh, i really like and agree with that quote! x

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  91. Yes. Perfectly said. It is all about attitude isn't it? Happy Thanksgiving to you Keith!

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  92. The most important thing that we should be thankful for is about our lives :-)

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  93. I am thankful that my loved ones are healthy and that they make me happy!

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  94. Keith,

    You words made me think and actually aided my writing of a new poem...Gratitude for those who help to make my life better by their actions. My husband does countless tasks and many times, without acknowledgement...I do thank him, but somehow it seems inadequate:)
    Eileen
    Happy Thanksgiving for tomorrow Keith:) Christmas is getting closer!!!

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  95. It is a wonderful quote and so true! I am thankful for my hubby and son! Have a happy Thanksgving!

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  96. I appreciate the sentiment. I, and we (the privileged world) have so many blessings to be thankful for. I need to start with being thankful every morning that I awake safe and warm. I thank you, too, for this reminder.

    Happy Thanksgiving.
    xoRobyn

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  97. That is a meaningful saying.
    Very often we forget to thank.

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    (¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Happy Thanksgiving! ¤

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  99. "No matter our struggles, there is always someone out there in the world who is struggling harder"......... Absolutely!

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  100. Inspirational post! Thanks. I always remember the documentary Kevin McCloud did set in the slums of India, where he showed families living in hovels but every morning the children were shining and clean as they set of to school with joy in their hearts. That really impressed me. Kevin also said they were the happiest, most thankful people he'd ever met. So those of us in our shiny mansions need to take stock.
    Happy Thanksgiving, Stateside ones!

    Denise

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  101. This is why my blog is named Perception Is Everything! We CHOOSE to be happy, in spite of anything that is thrown at us ;) Happy Turkey Day!

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  102. Thankful that I'm here. To live and learn and care and feel.
    You find the best quotes.
    Thankful for voices and minds like yours!

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  103. To me, my family's good health is one reason to be Thankful for. In general I am Thankful for every breath that is complete as I have asthma and a lot of factors trigger it.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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  104. What a great post and I loved that sign!

    I am thankful for my health, the people I love and have loved too (many already passed on) and for all the beauty that is in this world.

    It is so true Keith, there are so many people struggling with obstacles and burdens most of us can't even imagine. It does put things into perspective, when life gets difficult.

    Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

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  105. So totally agreed and I hope you had a fabulous holiday!

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  106. It means apprciating what you have even if it's not much and appreciating the people in your life even if some can be a pain in your butt.

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  107. You nailed it brother. When people ask me how it's going, I ALWAYS say, I'm living a dream.
    That's because I am.
    R

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  108. Well said! To me, being thankful is remembering that what I have right now is a blessing from God, and not necessarily deserved.

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  109. Mommy always tell us to be thankful because we have so many good things, even "basic" things like clean water and good food. We say grace to always remember how blessed we are!

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  110. I am thankful for this very moment, where I can be here taking in a deep breath of the very universe that connects us to each other. We are one! Aloha

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  111. I'm on the way home from a lovely Thanksgiving with my husband's sister and family. I am thankful most of all for the abundance of love that has surrounded me all my life. Nothing is more important than love. I try to return that blessing to the world.

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  112. Thankful is a practice. Its not something that you can only do once in a while, or when a Holiday is centered around that. To truly be a thankful and happy person I think that you have to practice it on a daily basis.

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  113. This is an attitude that we need to have...daily. And I do. Blessed beyond measure...

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  114. Hi Keith - I think you've expressed it extremely well ... we are so often lost in our thoughts and completely forget others and especially those that have considerably less than us - both at home and overseas. If only we could protect what we have for the next generations ... I would hope life will improve for others along the way.

    I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving weekend .. Hilary

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  115. Hi Keith... I'm your newest follower, #778. *grin

    I'm Annie, and completely agree with this concept of happiness. I've had little, I've had lots and try to stay grateful for it all. Developing an attitude of gratitude carries me far, and as Meister Eckhart said "If the only prayer you ever said was "Thank You", it would suffice." So, I try to stay in thank you mode.

    That said--glad I found you.

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  116. Getting ready for Christmas is keeping me very busy. Sorry I'm late in stopping by to say hello. I love that quote - so true!

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  117. I think the challenge of being thankful is in the bad moments. When things are going terribly wrong, but there is still a lot to be thankful for.

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  118. I always love how you look at the bright side, you make me think positive. Thanks, happy thanksgiving!

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  119. Being thankful is my everyday pursuit. In the night I thank nature for everything, everyone, and every possibility that I come across.
    When I was a kid, my mother told me that if you respect what you have, you'll be respected too. So for whatever I have, had, will have, I am thankful.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you too. :)

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  120. That is such a beautiful quote! I really hope to practice more gratitude in my life. I always start each year thinking about writing in my gratitude journal but I rarely keep it up. I truly have so much to be thankful for. :)

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  121. I love this! ...so much that it inspired me to go to my blog and write, even before i left a comment here! :) Thanks for the photo and the inspiration! And THANK YOU for always sharing such positive, happy, messages! I hope your Thanksgiving celebration was wonderful! :) Corine :D

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  122. I love this quote - it is always the thankful people that are happy. They take a moment to reflect on their lives. Thank you for sharing this :-)

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  123. It's always lovely to stumble upon posts like these...it's so easy to get caught up in what you don't have and what you want but when you take a little moment to reflect on all you've been blessed with, nothing can beat that feeling...sometimes we need to be reminded of this so thanks :-)
    xxxxxx

    http://segenswunsche.blogspot.co.uk/

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  124. A-to-the-men! Being thankful means being able to take a step back and realizing all you're blessed with- the simple things (that are in reality quite complex) coming first.

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  125. What a beautiful quote and post,… wonderful reminder not to take anything for granted, however small. I'm working on being more thankful - especially for the not so good as well as the good...

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  127. Love this quote....just catching up with all your posts...I've been out of touch with everyone. Enjoyed the coffee post as well! I won't be able to comment on every one, but wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your creativity.

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  128. So true! I love reading your blog. Spot on. I've been thankful for heat and a warm bed. My heart breaks for those in the cold.
    Cortne

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  129. It's a beautiful blog..can't stop myself from reading all of ur posts one afteranother

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