Struggling to be Thankful

What do you do when you’re not feeling very thankful? I have a feeling we’ll come back to this question on at least another Monday this year in addition to discussing it today.  Don’t get me wrong, I have tons of reasons to be thankful today, but I don’t feel like being thankful.  For example when big tragedies happen you may not have been personally affected so you’ve still got your house and life and health hopefully and other things to be thankful for, but knowing that someone, maybe even someone you know, was personally impacted by that big tragedy overshadows the things you have to be thankful for.

What if it’s a good thing?  What if it’s good to go through periods of sadness and quiet reflection?  I love being happy and seeing the world in a positive light, but it’s not easy to always be the person who believes in the world.  It’s simply not possible to ignore all that goes on in the world and live in a perpetually happy, positive and thankful bubble.

As a female I’m well aware of the highs and lows that we go through depending on what’s going on in the environment, in our bodies and in those around us.  I know that not everything works out the way we think it will or the way we thought we wanted it to.  It’s OK when things don’t line up in the perfect lines that we thought they would.  What matters is if we can pick ourselves up the next hour, the next day, the next year and start living and hoping again.

So if you’re not feeling very thankful today, if you’re feeling discouraged or disheartened by the things you’re seeing turn up in your life, don’t lose hope.  Remember that you do have good things in your life, ask for support from your close friends and/or family and just do what it takes to get to the next day.

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