On This Day of Giving Thanks

Sometimes it is easy to wake up and look around and decide you have nothing to be thankful for. Sometimes the universe just decides to rain on your parade (or several of your parades) and it is particularly tempting to just say screw it and renounce thankfulness and joy and love and all positive emotions and become a hermit who savours being alone and having nothing except their own dark sense of humour to keep them company.

That may seem a bit extreme, but that’s how this season feels sometimes.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a true Brit through and through, but sometimes it’s fun to acknowledge the holidays that everyone on TV is always talking about. Even though we don’t celebrate it, I like Thanksgiving. I’m practically the only person I know that even acknowledges it in the slightest, but I still like it. Why, I hear you ask? Why does the British girl observe the tradition of those who threw her tea into the harbour?

Personally, I think it’s really important to dedicate time to being thankful.

I think it’s a one way trip to becoming bitter and resentful if you don’t look around and think about what you have and how lucky you are to have it. And trust me; I know what bitter and resentful feels like. I’ve been there. It aint fun.

I know we all know in our heart of hearts that we are grateful for what we have, but be honest, how often do you look around at your life and really, really, say thank you for the things you love?

As well as a fun bit of self-enlightenment, be sure to tell the people you are thankful for that you are thankful for them this Thanksgiving. Let the people you care about know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are thankful to have them in your life, or tell the people that do things for you how thankful you are for their support.

Be extra thankful today.

Say thank you to your family and friends for being there, say thank you to that colleague that helped you out, say thank you to the teacher that helped you get that grade you were wanting, say thank you to the person that served you lunch and smile and make them feel appreciated.

Tell them that you appreciate them.

It’s a hard knock life, and it’s unbelievably easy to fall into the trap of not knowing what you have until it’s gone. Don’t let that happen.

So celebrate. Or don’t. Do whatever you want. But be sure to look around you and be thankful for what you have now, because even if it might be gone someday, you’re grateful for it right now. And right now is what really matters.

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