Thanksgiving is quickly approaching in a little less than a week, and although large family gatherings are not looking very likely this year due to COVID-19. I am still very excited because this is my first thanksgiving as a new mom and I can’t wait to create new traditions and memories with my little family. Aside from that, Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays because it’s all about being thankful for what you have and enjoying the presence of friends and family while eating delicious food. As difficult as this year has been, this time is much needed for all of us whether it’s being spent virtually, in small gatherings, or alone because it is a reminder that there is so much to be thankful for even in the midst of chaos.
I am Thankful for…..?
As a child, I remember doing the “I’m thankful for… ” assignments in elementary school. I remember the responses in the classroom being things like mom and dad, family, toys, dogs etc. We knew these things were meaningful to us in some capacity. However, we didn’t fully understand the depth of the concept of what it means to be thankful or the meaning behind why these things are so important to up. To be honest, when I look back, I feel like I took advantage of how truly blessed I was. As long as I was in the security of my little world and everything was going accordingly I felt like,I was untouchable. I thought I would never have to worry about going without anything or anyone. But, as I got older and even more so when I was out on my own, reality set in. I was no longer in my shielded bubble and I began to experience life and its challenges. Sometimes we lose jobs, relationships, people, and opportunities and other times we are take to a lowest spot in our life. But, it’s in those low moments when we begin to understand just how important it is to be thankful for even the smallest things life has to offer. Even when I felt like I was at my lowest or I wasn’t where I thought I should be in life, I still had so much gratitude in my heart for all the little blessings I had. I have found that often our understanding of how thankful we are is based on the fact that everything in our life is going accordingly. However, it is our ability to be thankful even in adversity that makes us aware of how truly blessed we are.
Be Thankful for the Life You Have
These days we are so caught up on the superficial things. We spend our time comparing our lives to the lives of others. We find ourselves on this never ending cycle of always wanting to obtain more and more, but we aren’t even thankful for what we do have. We even find ourselves looking in all the wrong places for what we perceive to be “blessings” or what we thinks will make us happy. Little do we realize that our greatest blessings are already right in front of us. I always say, “If you have people around you who love you, the basic necessities to navigate your day to day, and you woke up this morning; you are truly blessed.” You always have to look for the simplest joys and blessings in life because life is never as bad as we may make it seem at times. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel. However, if you are always dwelling in the dark you will never see that light.
With all this being said, please take this time to reflect over and express your gratitude for all the little and big ways that you have been blessed. If life and COVID have taught me anything, they have taught me that things can change drastically in the blink of an eye. Despite how crazy it has been, I can never deny the ways I have blessed. I have people around me who love me, my family and friends are healthy, and not to mention my biggest blessing this year, my beautiful baby boy. I truly have everything I need and more.
As always, thank you for reading. In the comments below tell me about what you are thankful for and I will talk to you all next week.