“We can be thankful to a friend for a few acres, or a little money; and yet for the freedom and command of the whole earth, and for the great benefits of our being, our life, health, and reason, we look upon ourselves as under no obligation.” Seneca
What are you thankful for tonight? Today? Tonight, I am thankful for the gift of life… I value every breath I take because I know what it is like to be close to not having life. Some years ago, I almost lost my life. I was in my 30s and my heart was failing. I needed surgery right away. As I hovered between the world of the living and that of the dead, all that mattered was my love for my children, my family and my friends. When you’ve come that close to the edge, you begin to realize that all of life is ephemeral and that the things that matter have no price. Writing Mirth and Motivation, my offline writing project, meditation, prayer, and my loved ones remind me of that fact daily…. Cherish your life; even if no one else does. What are you thankful for today?
“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” Albert Schweitzer
I am thankful for the fire of love that permeates all that we do with purpose and passion. I am thankful for the expressions of love that come from the small acts of kindness; kind words, actions, thoughts and gifts of goodwill that we show each other. The fire of love is in all of us and even though we seek it in the familiar, our family and friends, often that love is fired by the goodness that comes from people’s grace. The fire of love keeps us motivated and hopeful that our conditions will improve; that our plans will bear fruit; that our dreams will become reality; and we must hold onto that belief without allowing outside distractions to get in the way. I am a pretty focused person and not easily swayed by the latest glittering offering… the fire within keeps me sane. We must all kindle ours; all answers are there, especially where creativity is concerned. Someone once told me that people don’t care about our stories and our struggles so it’s best to shut up. As long as we care about our own stories, we are ahead of the game. If our stories help even one person then we have done a world, a lifetime of good. Forget the naysayers.
“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” William Blake
Our families are like trees; deeply rooted foundations with many branches extended outwards connecting us to each other. Each branch represents the continuation of the family tree through our progeny, our lineage, our history, our legacy. I am thankful for my family tree and the meaning it brings to all that I am and all that I can be. There is a popular saying attributed to Chinua Achebe‘s Things Fall Apart, it says, “He who does not know where he is going must, at least, know where he is coming from.” In many African communities, people always ask who your family is when they meet you. Your individual name carries less weight than the family name and history that precedes you. So they ask, “My dear, which compound/household do you belong to? What are your ancestral ties?” Whenever I feel disconnected, I reach back to my ancestral connections and remember the ties that strengthen and affirm me. I am thankful for the ties…
“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” Henry Ward Beecher
I have never been casual about my friendships. Perhaps, it has to do with the fact that my family moved continents when I was young, we lived through a civil war, and I got to attend schools in several countries. With that level of movement, I learned to adapt to new environments and make friends quickly. It also meant that a spirit of discernment was imperative as we were often the new kids in school and easy prey to bullies and stragglers. I value all my friends and I have stayed in touch with them for many, many years. I am thankful for the true friends whose wisdom and grace have lifted me over the years, and I am thankful for the insincere friends and haters whose actions have strengthened my resolve to look closely and read deeply; when people show you who they truly are, believe them. They come, they go, and we all grow… More below & Thank You! 🙂
“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
Complaining is easy… It is also habit forming; just like gratitude and a thankful spirit are habit forming. When we find ourselves falling into the abyss of whine, it won’t hurt to stop and count our blessings. It would be helpful to ask the questions: What is the lesson in this annoyance? What can I do to move forward? Quite often, our frustrations about situations come from feeling powerless to make changes. We are powerful; we just need to believe that we are capable of making decisions that will help ease our fears and resolve our difficulties. Do we have daily struggles? Yes, we all do. If I shared mine you might be surprised but this is not the forum for it. This is my place and space for peace and rejuvenation, and I am thankful for that too. Have a great week ahead! What about you? What are your thoughts? What are you thankful for tonight? today? What are you thankful for overall? 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. 😉
This post was inspired by a blog post from Deborah Bryan and CSRoth. Thank you both!
Positive Motivation Tip: A Thankful heart never ceases to see the grace and blessings that are our gifts… say thank you freely.
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