Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thankful Thursday

So often, I get so caught up in one of the million things going on in my life, that I forget that sometimes, I just need to take a step-back and think about all of the things that I have to be thankful for...

Here's a quick little list.

--My Family.
       I am extremely close with my family, and I feel blessed to say that I am.  Working in education, I see first-hand what an impact family life has on a child, and I am so thankful that I was raised in a household with two parents, a brother, and a sister.  I was lucky enough to know my grandparents on both sides, and even great-grandparents.  Sure, there are times that we fight, but what family doesn't?  The older I get, the more I realize what a wonderful gift my parents gave to me.

--My Friends.
       My friends are basically family, so this should come as no surprise.  I can honestly say that I have a handful of friends that would be there for me -- no matter what -- and that's a pretty great feeling.  No idea why they put up with my craziness, but they do, and I love them for it.

--My Job.
       Talk about being blessed...  I scored the job that I wanted, at the school that I wanted, and I have loved every minute of this first year.  Every time I hear about unemployment rates and people losing their homes due to foreclosure, I close my eyes and say a little, "Thank You."  If you asked me two years ago if I thought it was possible for someone to really love their job, I would have told you, without a doubt, NO.  But now, I totally get that old adage of "If you find work doing something that you love, you'll never work a day in your life."  (or however it's supposed to go!)

--My Abilities.
       I am capable of doing so many things in my life -- I can travel when I want to go somewhere, I can pay my own bills, I live by myself, I was able to balance working and going to school to get my Master's, I can stand-up for myself, speak for myself, and think for myself -- and while some of those things may seem like common-sense, they're not for everyone.  At least once a day, it seems that I'll notice someone who cannot do for themselves, and it makes me acutely aware of all that I have going for me.  How thankful I should be.

"In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." -- 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Be thankful today girls.  Be sure to say "Please," and "Thank You," even for small efforts.  Smile instead of frown.  We all have so much to be thankful for.


  1. You are so right, we all need to be thankful for what we've been given and not dwell on what we don't have! My family is precious to me too and now that I'm a mother, I can really appreciate all that my parents did for me. I'm sure being a teacher you really get to see the other side. Being a teacher is such a noble cause. It warms my heart to hear you say that you love it.

  2. Lots of great stuff to be thankful for!

  3. Great post! SO many things to be thankful for! And i am 100% behind saying please and thank you as often as possible!



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