It’s so easy to do when things are going well; when Life is rolling along relatively bump-free, it’s not a problem to feel thankful.
When health is good
When the job is going well
When relationships are secure
But thankfulness gets harder when Life does.
Standing in the middle of a hurricane, it’s hard to see beyond what’s right in front of you; it’s hard to feel gratitude when the storm is swirling around you and the wind is howling in your ears.
But just beyond the storm, there is blue sky. We don’t always realize this, as we are too busy battling the storm to take notice, but rest assured, it is there. And with it, always something to be thankful for.
Quite often, those “thankful things” are the things we take for granted; the things we don’t even think about: the warm sun on our back, the sound of children laughing, music, a warm cup of tea, friendship. The list goes on and on.
And the longer we think of these things, the more we find added to the Thankfulness List, and, well, that long list of thankfulness acts like a storm shelter. It wraps around us to help insulate against the wind and the rain. It can warm a heart that has grown cold or strengthen a weary spirit.
So, if it is but ONE thing, give thanks, and watch what a mind centered on thankfulness can do.
spectrum healthcare ©2016
On Thanksgiving, many of of us pause to reflect on the things in our life for which we are thankful. Usually, that reflection is wedged in between eating turkey and watching football, but it is there, nonetheless.
And it’s a Good Thing to set aside a day to focus on those things, but thankfulness shouldn’t be limited to one day, for in each life, there is always something worthy of our gratitude. For this reason, we think Thanksgiving Day should be every-day. And no, this is not an attempt to justify eating pumpkin pie every day, although if that became a tradition, we wouldn’t mind.
And when we truly reflect on the things that make our hearts full, it’s always the little things that seem to top the list:
Our children’s laughter
The warmth of the sun
The food we eat
The people we call friends
These are the things for which we are forever thankful and yet, looking at the list, they aren’t “little things” at all. They are the wonderful bits of life that make life beautiful.
So, from all of us at Spectrum Healthcare, Happy Thanksgiving!
We count YOU, our patients and friends, among the things for which we are thankful…all year long.
spectrum healthcare ©2014