On many occasions, I have given advice to people to be thankful. To be thankful in spite of circumstances, to be thankful for gifts you've been given, to be thankful for the good things in life, even if there are bad things too. I have always tried to be thankful no matter what. I believe that it is good mental health to look on the bright side, and to find the good in things.
My friend, Jen, is sometimes negative. I love her, and she's a good friend. But I've given her this "be thankful" advice several times before. I don't feel bad saying this, because if you asked her she would agree. But now, more than ever, I am giving myself this advice.
I think that even though life throws bad situations at us, and even though we might not be exactly where we want to be, it is important to deliberately look around and find things to be thankful for.
Here's my (partial) list:
I'm thankful for my family. I have a great Mom and Dad, a great sister and brother-in-law as well as two great nephews. I took Noah bowling yesterday, and he beat me. But we had a great time, and I love him.
I'm thankful for a great job. It's a lot sometimes, but I really do love my kids, and the hugs I get each week at school.
I'm thankful for a loving church family. I'm thankful for our new senior pastor.
I'm thankful for the kids in High School Group. They keep me young. :)
I'm thankful for a great boss.
I'm thankful for the Chorale and the opportunity to sing in a great group each week.
I'm thankful for good friends like Jen. I'm thankful for other good friends, like Beth.
I'm thankful that I get to spend Thanksgiving with family, 'cause for a lot of years I didn't.
Just wanted to take a moment to be thankful for some of the blessings I have in my life, and the good things that come along with the trials.