Danielle Hale November 26, 2013 0

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There is something about the month of November that makes people thankful. All month long people talk about what they are thankful for in their lives. Some people even tell all of their Facebook friends one new thing they are thankful for each day. I don’t think this is wrong, but I think we should figure out a way to express being grateful all year long.

There is a lot of love and happiness around the holidays and it is very easy to be grateful. It does not take much thinking to be grateful for the positive things in our lives, but we should take the time to be grateful for the things that might not always bring us joy.

While I was at church this week, I was reading the bulletin and the insert really jumped out at me. It was talking about being grateful. It talked about how we should be grateful for everything we have in our lives. The bulletin gave examples, and I wanted to share a few with you.

I am thankful for the mess to clean up after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends. 

I am thankful for my big heating bill because it means I am warm. 

I am thankful for all of the complaining I am able do about the government because it means we have freedom of speech. 

I am thankful for the alarm that goes off early this morning because it means I am alive.

All of the things mentioned above are not usually things that I say I am thankful for. I am usually a little unhappy when these things are a part of my life. Reading these sentences made me think. It made me think that my attitude needs to change. I need to be thankful for everything I have in my life, not just the good things.

I have an amazing life and I thank God every day for it, but I usually only thank him for the happy things and wish the bad things were not a part of my life. I need to take a step back and realize what the less happy things mean and why they are a part of my life.

I have a feeling the moment I am able to be truly grateful for everything in my life, the happier I will be.