Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the U.S., but I want to take some time out from cooking turkey to have a quick talk about what you’re grateful for. On a recent episode of Rise UP with B. Dave Walters we talked about “Hope During Dark Times”:
Why World War 3 isn’t breaking out, how to stop being afraid, where anxiety comes from and how peace can be found; the one and only place to find happiness, how and why bad things happen in the world if human beings are innately good (and we are), and much, much, more! Click here to listen.
So for now, let me say that even though Thanksgiving is set aside as a day to give thanks you should take some time every day to review all the things you’re thankful for.
Just in case you don’t realize how good you’ve got it, here, in no particular order, are 10 great things you may not have considered:
1. You woke up this morning.
This one seems simple but the fact is thousands, if not millions of people woke up this morning and didn’t know it was their last. Just being alive is a tremendous blessing, and means you still have at least a little more time to enjoy your life and everything in it.
2. You can see and hear.
If you are reading this, that means you can probably see! If I get around to recording a podcast of this, we can find out if you can hear, too! For my blind or deaf Brothers and Sisters out there, you can still be grateful for the fact that you live in a time where technology exists that still lets you live an independent and self-sufficient existence.
3. No one shot at you today.
It’s very easy to take for granted that you don’t live in some sort of a war zone. Right now millions of people live in a constant state of fear that some sort of violence will break out, and if you aren’t one of them you should be thankful. Realize that some of those people live right here in this country!
The fact that we have police and military who are willing and able to protect us and come to our aid in and emergency is a luxury that not everyone has.
4. You didn’t go to bed hungry.
Self explanatory, but I can guarantee unless you live in an ultra wealthy area, someone within 1 mile, if not 1 block of you, did go to bed without enough to eat.
5. You have a roof over your head.
Whether or not you live in your dream home, it is probably a lot nicer than a park bench or an underpass!
6. You’re healthy.
We all have our bumps, bruises, and issues; but by healthy, I mean you haven’t been diagnosed with a terminal illness. If you have been diagnosed with something, refer to the earlier points: you’re still alive and have access to healing the likes of which the world has never seen!
7. You got educated for free.
Kindergarten through 12th Grade education was probably yours on Uncle Sam’s nickel. Remember, large portions of the world will never even get to learn to read, much less read Shakespeare or Voltaire.
8. You can decide who and what you want to be.
Economic down turn aside, if you live in the “Western” world, you have a level of freedom and self-determination that people would be willing to die to have (and many do just that trying to get what you were born into!)
9. You know someone loves you.
If you can’t think of at least one person who loves you (including dogs and cats), then at least know that God loves you and so do I!
10. You live in the single greatest time in history to be alive.
There has never been a better time to be alive then this. Technology has made it possible to travel further in a few hours than we could have in months by horse, train, or ship. Hollywood studios spend hundreds of millions of dollars just to entertain you for a couple of hours! All the knowledge of the world is available at your finger tips through the wonder of the World Wide Web.
And, in case you don’t believe me that you’re lucky to be here right now, I have a simple test:
Is there anyone on this Earth that you’d be willing to switch places with, 100%? And I don’t just mean their fame or fortune, everything. You give up all your friends, all your family, everyone you know and everything you’ve got to take on their life. Their face, their body, their ups and downs.
For all the people I’ve ever asked this question, the answer is always no. If you think the answer is yes, message me and we’ll talk about it.
Otherwise, there you have it; plenty of things to hit your knees and give thanks for. I’ve attached a short video to help you keep things in perspective, too.
Enjoy your Holiday, and have some extra cranberries for me!
You are great, and I love you!
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B. Dave Walters
Writer, Life Coach, and Talk Radio Host