Since it is Thanksgiving, it’s natural to remember and be thankful for the obvious things: family, friends, food (the 3 f’s) and, in this economy, a place to live and a job. I think of these things daily anyway, so I wanted to take a different approach on this day made for giving thanks. I’ve made up a short list of not-so-obvious things I am thankful for.
- Worries and troubles of others. Of course I am thankful for the friends and family who share their burdens with me (that’s an obvious one.) But I am thankful for the chance to share compassion and empathy with those people – and reap the reward of feeling like I made a difference in someone’s life that day.
- The Obnoxious Driver (this is a type of person rather than an individual, because I encounter them nearly every day.) I am thankful for these people because they give me an opportunity to practice patience and forgiveness; two things that I can never practice too often.
- Those with differing views and opinions. I am thankful for the people who are not like-minded because they remind me that I don’t always have to agree to get along. It’s okay to have a different opinion, listen to each side’s argument, still disagree, but then shake hands and move on.
- The smile or “hello” from a stranger. I am thankful for the brief, but still special encounters with people I don’t know because it gives me hope that we’re not a hostile society (yet).
- Pain of loss. I am thankful for the excruciating pain of losing someone dear to me because I appreciate those I love who are still with me even more.
- Yesterday. I am thankful for yesterday because if I look closely enough, it will give me clues about my tomorrow. I will find hints about how I can make someone else’s day a little happier.
Feel free to add to the list with a comment. Happy Thanksgiving 🙂