How can I tell you I’m grateful for every little thing in my life and have you believe those are not just words? How can I tell you that my life changing experiences made me thankful for everything I have and that I “pay it forward” daily? Would my sob story make you a believer?
There are lots of websites that will tell you 10 ways to be grateful, 16 ideas to help you be thankful, 20 ways to teach your children how to be grateful. For me personally, it comes from the soul. It comes from your experiences. It comes from your heart. I have the following poem taped on my fridge – it’s beautiful and for me, it’s a gentle reminder for when I have a self-pity party or whining about silly things. I hope this poem makes it to your fridge as well. Have a wonderfully fun Thanksgiving that is filled with memory making moments, fun and of course…gratefulness.
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.
It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.
This post is written by Lisa Jones, PLC’s Director of Human Resources and Operations.