Giving Thanks

This is the time of the year when we all gather with our friends and family members for a traditional meal and give thanks for the blessings we have received during the year. For me, this is a wonderful tradition and expressing gratitude is always a satisfying experience. But why wait until November to give thanks? Why not express gratitude every day of the year?
For several years, I have been expressing gratitude for 5 things I am grateful for each day. This includes those things that are simple pleasures and even at times those that are not so pleasurable. Some days, it is for everyday events like the sun is finally shining. On other days, it is expressing thanks that I simply made it through the day. But more often than not, expressing gratitude has allowed me to appreciate the things that I would have otherwise taken for granted. Maybe the furnace is working correctly and it is 18 degrees outside. Or maybe my husband made it home from his day in one piece. Or maybe I received a text from a friend. You know, the things that happen so frequently we seldom appreciate them as they are. Give it a try. By doing so, you, too, might see how rich you really are!
I came across this inspirational story many years ago. It is still as inspiring today as it was then.
What It Means To Be Poor
One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people can be. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.
On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”
“It was great, Dad.”
“Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked.
“Oh yeah,” said the son.
“So what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father.
The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.”
With this the boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added, “Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are.”
Too many times we forget what we have and concentrate on what we don’t have. What is one person’s worthless object is another person’s prized possession. It is all based on perspective.

Many wishes for a blessed and grateful Thanksgiving. Thank you for reading the Simple Pleasures of Life!


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