Let’s say you had a bad hair day. You go to work and get stuck in traffic, making you 30 minutes late. Your boss yells at you for being late. Clients are dissatisfied with you–and everyone around you it seems. You finally come home after a long shift at work. Your family (or whoever you live with) yells at you for some minor infraction. You had a long, bad, tiring day. You wish it were over-FAST and SOON! So, you may be telling yourself, ” I have nothing to be thankful for today!” Wrong! Yes, it may sometimes feel that way, but even in those days, you have things in which to be grateful, like being able to start over a new day and even having a job (if you have one). And especially in the good days, never overlook your blessings and lose sight of what you have been given. Here’s why:
- If you take your blessings for granted, you might lose them in the future.—This is especially true relationally. If you don’t appreciate someone and take them for granted, sooner or later they will run out of emotional energy–which is the work it takes to interact with you and keep you happy or satisfied with them– and distance themselves from you, or even cut you off completely! Also, if you don’t take time to enjoy people or things that are given to you, sooner or later, they will either die or get destroyed, stolen, or given away to someone who will. Never take anyone or anything for granted.
- When you appreciate someone or something, they will give you joy.–Think about it. When someone is genuinely thankful for who you are or what you’ve done, and tells you as much, how would you feel? Appreciated? Loved? Accepted? Like all you have done for him/her is worth it? Probably this…and more! Never forget to thank the people in your life who have made a positive difference in your life. Take time to enjoy the blessings you have been given. Don’t hoard all of it for “another time,” which I have made the mistake of doing and led me to become depressed. Yes, it’s important to save some money and resources, but don’t save so much of them that you can’t even enjoy any of it!
- When you appreciate someone or something, you will gain a more positive experience in life.–That has certainly been true for me. I have found that when I take time to appreciate the positive about someone, instead of dwelling on the negative aspects of him or her, I get along with that person better! Being thankful also deepens relationships. When I have problems getting along with someone it is often because I have not actively appreciated any positive characteristics in him or her, and instead dwelled on how they hurt me or what an “evil” person they are! One day I gave someone that I had trouble getting along with before an encouraging note saying that said in so many words that I was praying for them and a verse in the New Testament was written in the front, pre-made. When I gave it to that person, they were really touched by it and probably even teared up a bit. Actively encouraging or appreciating people, has given me a whole new perspective that I’ve never even considered before.
Here’s a list (not comprehensive though) of things that I’m thankful for.(I would suggest cultivating your own. In my prayer journal, I always put at least 3 things that I’m thankful for that day. ) What are you thankful for? I would love to know, and cultivate a chain reaction of thankfulness.
What I am thankful for:
- a job
- that I’m alive and breathing
- customers to keep my company going
- doctors and nurses to treat any illnesses we may have
- police officers to keep our lands safe
- firefighters to put out fires
- my managers at the store I work at
- the coworkers that work with me to get the job done
- my church which I get spiritual counsel and worship God
- my pastors—who give some spiritual counsel and preach God’s Word
- deacons–who help the pastors out
- military-who keep our country safe
- wordpress—helps me keep this blog on here
- you the readers–that give me reason to keep writing
- clean, running water