Giving Thanks (To Whom, I Don't Know)
I was listening to the radio the other day and I heard something that really struck a cord. If I remembered who or what I was listening to I'd give credit—but I don't. A woman was talking about being thankful and how it completely changes her outlook on life and energizes her for each day. So when she wakes up in the morning, she's immediately got several things to be thankful for, not least of which is she didn't die in her sleep. But she also makes a point of being thankful for her bed. Sounds really simple—I mean, everybody has a bed, right? Well no. There are millions of people who sleep on the ground, in the cold, without blankets, etc. If you wake up in the morning and you're indoors, that's something to be thankful for. Unless you're camping, in which case youre not really camping. If you get to take a hot shower before heading to work, be thankful (many people don't). Heck, if you have a job, be thankful. There are so many little things that we take for granted—things that many people must go without. If you're reading this blog, it's probably safe to assume you live a relatively privileged life. Not compared to Paris Hilton (but who'd wanna live like that anyway). And that's not to say there's anything wrong with wanting more than you have, wanting to succeed, wanting a payoff from all your hard work, but we might just be a little happier in the process if we took the time to realize how much we already have. I think I'm going to try this.