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Reflections: Be Thankful for What You Have…

11/12/2011

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” Gautama Buddha

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What are we thankful for? Life: Rest and be Thankful…

As we draw closer to the end of the year, many are feeling the stress of the holidays and the endless demands for …. fill in the blank. If you are feeling the strain, even a bit of exhaustion from it all, take a deep breath, pause and know that you are not alone. Then, take a few minutes to see the goodness, the grace, the blessings in your life. What are you thankful for? What gives you joy right now? Be thankful for what you have or as William DeVaughn puts it in his popular song, be thankful for what you got. What are we thankful for? Life, Love, Family, Friends, Grace in all things… Have a Happy Holiday Season! More below. 😉

Be Thankful for What You Got by William DeVaughn.
Though you may not drive a great big Cadillac
Gangsta whitewalls
TV antennas in the back
You may not have a car at all
But remember brothers and sisters
You can still stand tall

Just be thankful for what you’ve got
Though you may not drive a great big Cadillac
Diamond in the back, sunroof top
Diggin’ the scene
With a gangsta lean
Gangsta whitewalls
TV antennas in the back

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey

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What are we thankful for? Love: Embrace it …

You may not have a car at all
But remember brothers and sisters
You can still stand tall
Just be thankful for what you’ve got

Diamond in the back, sunroof top
Diggin the scene
With a gangsta lean, wooh-ooh-ooh
Diamond in the back, sunroof top
Diggin the scene
With a gangsta lean, wooh-ooh-ooh
Diamond in the back, sunroof top
Diggin’ the scene
With a gangsta lean, wooh-ooh-ooh

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues” Marcus Tullius Cicero

Reflections: Be Thankful for What You Have... Family: Our comfort in sadness and joy...

What are we thankful for? Family: Our comfort in sadness and joy…

Though you may not drive a great big Cadillac
Gangsta whitewalls
TV antennas in the back
You may not have a car at all
But remember brothers and sisters
You can still stand tall

Diamond in the back, sunroof top
Diggin’ the scene
With a gangsta lean, wooh-ooh-ooh
Diamond in the back, sunroof top
Diggin’ the scene
With a gangsta lean, wooh-ooh-ooh

“So often we dwell on the things that seem impossible rather than on the things that are possible. So often we are depressed by what remains to be done and forget to be thankful for all that has been done.” Marian Wright Edelman

Reflections: Be Thankful for What You Have... Friends: Shared memories and more...

What are we thankful for? Friends: Shared memories and more…

[Instrumental Interlude]
Diamond in the back, sunroof top
Diggin’ the scene
With a gangsta lean, wooh-ooh-ooh
Diamond in the back, sunroof top
Diggin’ the scene
With a gangsta lean, wooh-ooh-ooh
Diamond in the back, sunroof top
Diggin’ the scene
With a gangsta lean, wooh-ooh-ooh
Diamond in the back, sunroof top
Diggin’ the scene
With a gangsta lean, wooh-ooh-ooh
Diamond in the back, sunroof top
Diggin’ the scene
With a gangsta lean, wooh-ooh-ooh
Diamond in the back, sunroof top
Diggin’ the scene
With a gangsta lean, wooh-ooh-ooh Lyrics by StLyrics.com

“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.”  William Blake

Reflections: Be Thankful for What You Have... Grace: Blessings and bliss...

Reflections: Be Thankful for What You Have... Gratitude: Offerings and a thankful heart.

What are we thankful for? Grace: Blessings and bliss…
What are we thankful for? Gratitude: Offerings and a thankful heart…

I Am Thankful by Kathleen Shelton Poulson
I am thankful for everything I have experienced
In this life of mine
For in all I have found
That in His Word-the answers I find

I am thankful for all the tears I have cried
For they have taught me to appreciate laughter
They have given me the ability to see the
The joy that comes after

Through my tears I have come to know
His Holy Spirit in my life
How He is always there
And comforts through the strife

I am thankful for the storms I have encountered
Knowing that the rainbow is at the end
Realization that they are only temporal
That with time all will mend

I have learned that I don’t need to be strong
For Yahshua supplies the strength for me
He shoulders my burdens
Regardless of what the circumstance may be

I am thankful for all the relationships
For the good and yes, for the bad
For they have given life to my emotions
An appreciation of what I have had

My most valuable relationship
Is that with Yahweh, my Father
I know that I can trust Him
As I can trust no other

I am thankful for the pain I have known
It has given a compassion for the suffering
An ability to reach out to others
An appreciation of little things

I understand the greatness of Yahshuas love
And the pain He has suffered for me
How He endured all things
So that I could be set free

I am thankful for the hunger and thirst
That I have had to go through
I appreciate having food before me
And sharing it with others too

He has given himself as my food and drink
To make sure that I was fed
His Blood shed for my drink
And His Body broken for my bread

Most of all, I am thankful for His Grace
For the provisions that it brings
How it has provided for
Me in all things (Poem via best-quotes-poems)

The poem above covers a lot of ground on the subject… for that I am also thankful. What are your thoughts? What are you thankful for? What gives you joy right now? If you could pick only 3 things to be thankful for, what would you choose? Do share! Thank you. 😉

Positive Motivation Tip: A Thankful heart reaches deep inside for buckets more and finds endless grace, goodness and riches … reach for yours.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Life, Love, Family, Friends, Grace & Gratitude, via Wikipedia or via Flickr

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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26 Comments leave one →
  1. 11/12/2011 9:13 pm

    I think it helps just to acknowledge that this is always going to be a tough month if you add in extra social events and all the holiday “happenings” without making a few adjustments. I realized a week ago I was already too stressed and I have intentionally slowed way down…your thoughts on this matter are of so helpful! I appreciate them. Debra

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  2. 11/12/2011 9:35 pm

    I am thankful for this reminder. ♥

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  3. 11/12/2011 9:37 pm

    I am thankful for what I got . . .
    Thanks for the reminder!

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  4. 11/12/2011 9:47 pm

    Every night, when my head touches the pillow, I begin my prayers with, “Thank you, God, for all that you have given me.”
    This was a beautiful post, Eliz…and a great reminder for all of us. I love the quote from Oprah Winfrey!!!!

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  5. 11/12/2011 9:47 pm

    Despite of trials and hardships we go through year after year, there are so many things, events and people that we all should be thankful for. I love the best when you wrote, “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” Gautama Buddha
    Even the fact that we are alive and healthy is more than enough to be thankful. Happy Holidays my friend. Wishing you and your family love, peace , great health and happiness.

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  6. 11/12/2011 9:57 pm

    That beginning quote from Gautama Buddha is one of my favorites…and the others quotes are wonderful too…. my sincere thanks and appreciation to you for this wonderful post…

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  7. 11/12/2011 10:31 pm

    The Irish say, Enough is a feast. Buddha says “It is all all right.” I am thankful for the all that has been my life for bringing me to this point. I have feasted.

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  8. 11/12/2011 11:51 pm

    I am thankful, but starting to feel quite stressed. Did I really say I love Christmas?

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  9. 12/12/2011 2:58 am

    greetings and read my xmas-paradox
    enuff is enuff 🙂

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  10. 12/12/2011 3:01 am

    thanks for the music!

    Though you may not drive
    a great big Cadillac
    Gangsta whitewalls
    TV antennas in the back
    visit my slide show with Caddy 🙂
    singing: my daughters (and me blind on Banjo)

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  11. 12/12/2011 3:17 am

    Buy Me a Cadillac… YouTube Video.

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  12. 12/12/2011 4:39 am


    It ‘a song that tastes sweet …
    As your whole blog
    Good day and thanks for your invaluable step.
    vento

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  13. 12/12/2011 5:09 am

    I always thank for every day and every person who I meet with.

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  14. 12/12/2011 5:37 am

    What a great post, Elizabeth! Thanks for the reminder and the wonderful quotes 🙂

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  15. Freedom, by the way permalink
    12/12/2011 5:59 am

    I am thankful for many things, but mainly the people in my life: family & friends and motivating bloggers like you! I love Christmas–if you are stressed, that’s not right. Take a step back and only do the seasonal traditions and events that truly bring you or others JOY!

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  16. 12/12/2011 6:00 am

    Always love your posts, Eliz 🙂
    I am thankful because God bless me with the wonderful family of mine 🙂 Wonderful husband and wonderful boys 🙂

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  17. 12/12/2011 6:02 am

    Thankful for all the opportunities life holds out for us for the taking…
    thankful for all the difficulties life holds out for the taking…
    thankful for a God who holds His love out for the taking…
    Thank you Elizabeth.

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  18. 12/12/2011 7:45 am

    An attitude of gratitude adds lift to life.

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  19. 12/12/2011 8:33 am

    My gratitude journal keeps me centered. So much to be grateful for is we are just still and reflect.
    Thanks Elizabeth!
    b

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  20. 12/12/2011 5:09 pm

    Believe this: I am thankful for your gentle reminders, via your posts, for us viewers to become better people and appreciate our journey in life.

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  21. 12/12/2011 5:28 pm

    On 12/12/2011 -I am thankful you remembered my birthday today on my blog, ♥ Jackie

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  22. 12/12/2011 9:04 pm

    As we grow and mature, I think we each become more grateful for what we have and what we’ve learned. I am grateful for so many things that I don’t think I could narrow it to three things! Of course, I’m grateful right now because my son’s MRI showed no tumors when I got the results on Friday! Hooray for the Christmas gift I’ve been given! And – there you go – your post right on point with my life… again. Wow. 🙂

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  23. 14/12/2011 6:54 pm

    I’m so thankful to be alive, to be here at this moment in time. And thankful for blog friends like you. Thank you!

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  24. 16/12/2011 9:08 pm

    “take a few minutes to see the goodness, the grace, the blessings in your life.” ….so very thankful for my faith…family..frineds and this life that God has planned for me!

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