Thankful Today

November is my favorite month!

thankfulI love November, yes I do! For one, it’s almost time for my birthday and I love birthdays better than first graders love cupcakes! And, there are two holidays this month—Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day. They’re sort of cousins—these holidays—and when we celebrate them both, we fully understand that God has blessed us immeasurably.

Back to my birthday—I love telling my new age –59—because I’m just happy to be alive and know it! I’m a real adult these days and I know stuff and you know how much I love to tell you what I know; today’s no different:

  1. Attitude really is everything—each day you can choose your attitude—you can be a glass half full or empty or there’s only a cracked red-Solo-cup-in-the-trash kind of person—it’s up to you. I know there are circumstances, but I still say you can choose—don’t let others push your buttons or rain on your parade!
  2. Keep in touch with your friends and mentors. Don’t just call when you need something or when something’s wrong. Call to say hello and I love/appreciate you and tell these wonderful people what they’ve meant in your life.
  3. If you take care of your money, your money will take care of you. Enough said—and teach your children to save/spend/give equally so they can be self sufficient in their future. (Of course you can tell them what you like but they will do what they see you do!)
  4. Make no small plans—dream big. If you fail, so what? At least you tried and I would much rather fail trying than to sit around and whine and complain about what didn’t happen because I was too scared to try.
  5. Change happens whether you’re ready or not and/or whether you notice and acknowledge it or not. You can prepare or you can get swept up—either way, things and people change. Those who don’t keep up get left behind.
  6. Finally, a word about The Game of Life: it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s really how you play the game. If you’re in the game, play to win but play with honor and integrity. If you get mad and take your ball and bat and go home, the Game will go on—with or without you. Remember what you do today, you must sleep with tonight. Rest easy, be blessed and keep shining!

Be thankful today and every day

“If all you have today is what you thanked God for yesterday, would you be more thankful today?” In the words of former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, YOU BETCHA! My new friend, BarbaraJean, posed this question to me while we were shopping in the airport a couple of weeks ago and the question still haunts me. Think about all the things we take for granted—clean air, shelter, good health, children, grandchildren—of course the list goes on, but if you think about it, we should/could all thank God more than we do.

On cold nights, I sure thank God that I’m not sleeping outside but I don’t always thank God for the privilege to feel the sunshine on my face or the freedom to admire a spider web in the morning dew or a moonlit night and the beautiful stars overhead. During this season of thanksgiving, let us be ever more mindful that we have so much to be thankful for—if nothing else, thank God for what you don’t have or things that could’ve happened, but didn’t.

Let this Thanksgiving week be your best one this year and here are three things you can do to make it so:

  • Lend a hand – instead of stuffing your own turkey this holiday, volunteer at the Salvation Army, Rescue Mission or similar facility and share your goodwill, best wishes, compassion and bounty;
  • Start a gratitude journal—each day write down three things and people you’re happy to have in your life. Send a note to the folks on your list and share some kindness with a stranger;
  • Do what’s right and when you know better, do better—one of my favorite quotes comes from Thomas Huxley and he says: “It’s not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance.” It really isn’t important who has the last word. Listen to learn and grow and do your very best every day in all your endeavors. It’ll make you and the world better.

Happy thanksgiving and may you and yours be blessed in every way. Amen.


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