Adventures Beyond the Nest

Thanksgiving: Day of Gratitude

Thanksgiving Day 2019, a day of gratitude. Yes, this is one day of the year to be grateful; but should it be the only one? Of course not!

There are so many people, things, and experiences for which to be grateful throughout the year. Thinking back over my own year, I realize that I have so much to be thankful for.  Family members, young and old, many of whom I’ve traveled to see this year, even those “across the pond.” A new precious grandson, an elderly aunt, just some of those I’m thankful to have in my life. And not to forget my amazing husband who spends his days trying to make mine better.

Friends, oh, I have met so many people over the last year, some of whom have become dear friends. And of course, I have friends I’ve known for years who are like bright stars in their ability to encourage me.

My unique experiences this year are many. Travel to new places and favorite places have enriched my life. *Sneak peek* – I’ll be telling you all about them in the coming weeks. I’ve seen incredible visual art, dance performances, and theatre. I have read dozens of books, some for pleasure, and some to help me along in life. All of these things have made me a better person.

And how can I forget my new venture, this blogging adventure? Thank you dear reader friends for taking time out of your busy days to read my blog posts. I sincerely hope Adventures Beyond the Nest provides meaning and helps you in your daily lives.

A Quote to Remember

There is a quote from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings, that I like to remember at Thanksgiving instead. It says “Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

The idea here is that we all have many blessings and we all have some misfortunes. It seems that for everyone, we have more blessings than we have misfortunes. To reflect and focus on our many blessings creates a sense of gratitude. This is far better than to focus on our misfortunes, which likely creates a “why me, poor me” attitude. I say better gratitude than an attitude!

Gratitude Throughout the Year

Thanksgiving is but one day of the year. Gratitude, appreciation can be shown every day of the year.

Reflect on your own blessings. Have you told your family members how much you love and appreciate them? Is it time to get together with that special friend you’ve been too busy to see lately? I know I have to make a special effort to see my friends sometimes. Do you too? What experiences have you had this year that were fulfilling in and of themselves? Aren’t you grateful to have had them?

Let’s take our gratitude and appreciation forward through Christmas and beyond, into the new year ahead. Remember to thank God for all the blessings we have. Remember to show appreciation to those we love, just for being who they are. Say “thank you” when someone does something nice for us. Take our gratitude a little further and do something nice for someone else without their knowing about it. And finally, thank Charles Dickens by remembering his quote. “Reflect upon your present blessings…”

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