I try to keep a thankful spirit every day--when I don't it's easy to become discouraged and even a little bitter about some things--but regardless of historical accuracy or religious background, I see value in having a specific day set aside to really consider what it means, and what I'm thankful for. Some of these things may seem silly and I could probably come up with a much more impressive list, but this is pretty true for me personally:
10. My cat. Yes, I could live without him, but he's a lot of fun, very cuddly and talkative, and sometimes my only companion.
9. My car. I bought it used and now it's paid off. It's a plain, little economy car, but I love it. I've had it for seven years and it's never failed me!
8. My (formal post-secondary) education. It was hard-won, but I'm glad I got it! It has certainly opened doors for me that wouldn't have otherwise, and also validated and intensified my existing curiosity. I'll be actively learning the rest of my life!
7. This goes along with number 5 but is not necessarily related:
Enough money to pay the rent. There's not always a lot left over, but I have a roof over my head!
6. My health. It's true that you don't really appreciate your health until something starts to go wrong. In spite of "minor" annoyances like aches and pains and seemingly ever-increasing food allergies, I stay pretty healthy. I'm very thankful for that.
5. My job. Just the fact that I have one. I also really enjoy it. A lot of people don't (on both counts)and I know what that's like.
4. Music. Can you imagine life without music? Like life without food or oxygen!
3. Friends, old and new. You know who you are!
2. My family. For always being there, keeping me company, making me laugh, and loving me as I am.
1. God's grace. What a basket case I'd be without it. Then again, perhaps I am a basket case and just don't know it. In which case, I'm thankful for that!
I don't have a "Thanksgiving" song, but here's
one off Switchfoot's latest CD:
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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