On Giving Thanks

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It’s Thankgiving in the States tomorrow, so a lot of people remember to be thankful this time of year as it’s the focus of the holiday (besides too much turkey and stuffing and delicious desserts and all of those goodies), but I think it’s important that we remember to give thanks year round.

You see, Thanksgiving reminds us to have a positive attitudeto focus on the things that we do have, on the wonderful events and surprises and achievements we’ve had this year and forget about the bad. It’s a day when we’re permitted to forget about the stress and rainy-less-thank-wonderful-days and overstuff ourselves with turkey while sharing smiles and stories about what has made this year wonderful.

But really, it’s got me thinking this year—why wait until Thanksgiving to give thanks?

Maybe instead of waiting until turkey day, we should take the time to be thankful about something every day. I think we might be surprised what the change in our outlook could do for us.

So I’m aware it’s not New Years (yet) and now’s not the time to be making resolutions, but I’m going to make a point of trying to be more thankful. Even if it’s just something small in our lives—like a sunny day or a beautiful sunset, I think we could all find one thing to be thankful about daily.

And you never know—a positive start to the day might make the rest of the day feel that much better.

So what am I thankful for?

I’m thankful for the quiet—the soft morning moments when I can sit and write and everything is just so still and wonderful and the birds are calling outside and I just slip into the zone and spill virtual ink all over the page.

I’m thankful for the Creator, because regardless of what you believe, we live in a beautiful world with incredible people and no it’s not perfect but wow, some days you just step outside and the sun is rising just right and the air is crisp and cool and it feels as if every leaf was placed intentionally and it’s just incredible.

I’m thankful for my family, my friends, my real life supporters who put up with my eccentricities and get excited for me even when they have no idea what I’m so happy about.

And finally, I’m thankful for you, my readers. You guys are my support group, the ones who keep me writing even when I don’t think I’ll be able to manage, the ones who make me smile and remind me why this whole blogging thing is worth it. I never imagined this blog would get half the attention it has, and none of it would be possible without you. You guys have no idea how much you impact my day with your comments and smiles and for that I thank you.

You’re amazing and wonderful. Don’t ever stop being you.

Thank you.

I’m aware that not everyone reading this is celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, but regardless—what are YOU thankful for? 


Grace Peterson said...

I believe an attitude of gratitude is vital to mental health. For me, realizing how lucky I am, how much of what I have, I don't really deserve, is very humbling. It keeps me from being mean and grabby and getting my feelings hurt when things don't go my way. The older I get the more I realize just how blessed I am. 

Ava Jae said...

People who work to keep a positive mindset are (unsurprisingly) much happier than those that don't. Count your blessings and more will follow! :)

Angela said...

See and I think you're amazing and wonderful, too! You always blog with passion and your caring attitude for others always comes across. Thanks for all you do here, and have a turkey-licious Thanksgiving!
Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Ava Jae said...

Aw, thank you so much, Angela! ^_^ Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Sidney Peck said...

I'm glad you get it.  If we're not thankful, we're not really living.  I'm thankful for you and our friendship.  Nicely said, Ava.

Ava Jae said...

Thank you, Sidney! I agree--being thankful is such a fundamental part of life, and one that's often (unfortunately) overlooked. Grateful people are among the happiest I've ever met! 

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