Thanksgiving has always held a very special place in my heart. It is the holiday in which I become the most introspective because it really makes a person stop and appreciate everything they have to be thankful for.
It is one of the most interesting aspects of the human condition that we tend to highlight and dwell on the negative as opposed to the positive. We love to focus on our have-nots as opposed to our haves. We focus on what is wrong, rather than what is right. We focus on what we don't have, rather than what we do have.
No matter how bad we have it, there is always somebody out there who has it worse. Does that negate any problems that we are going through? Of course not.
But it definitely puts them in perspective.
Somebody out there would give anything to have the very problems that we have. In essence, we take for granted things that other people could only dream of having.
Sometimes it's nice just to sit back and appreciate the things we are blessed with. If we were to sit down and write a list of all the things we have to be truly thankful for, it would very likely blow our minds. If we could switch our focus to these things, we would be looking at life through a totally new and beautiful lens.
So no matter how many things may be going wrong in our lives, let us never lose sight of all the things going right. No matter how many things cause us anxiety, let us never lose sight of all the things that bring us joy. No matter how many things bring tears to our eyes, let us never forget the things that bring smiles to our faces.
Let us always be thankful.
Happy Thanksgiving week to my wonderful blogging family :)
What are your thoughts? Is it the natural human condition to focus on what we don't have as opposed to what we have? Do you practice thankfulness?