Being Grateful

Do we ever take time out to give thanks for all that we have? We take a lot of the privileges and the good fortunes we experience for granted.

How often do we give thanks for what we do not have?

…The tribulations that we do not see?

…The anguish we witness others go through?

This is important also. It is time to celebrate the good things and good fortunes in our lives.

I took some time out of life and spent a much needed week and a half doing next to nothing (though I ended up doing quite a lot) on vacation and reflected on the things that I am grateful for. My list turned out to be much longer than I thought it would. All too often I complain about not having enough of anything and there I was celebrating the good things in my life.

I complain about not having the perfect job when I should be thankful for having a job at all in these trying times.

I complain about not having enough time to do the things I want without realizing that I do more than the average person and should be thankful for the ability to do all that I do! (Now I’m taking on even more by starting grad school next month and soon I will be cutting out all the extra curricular activities that I was taking for granted)

I complain sometimes about not having anyone to talk to when here is actually no more space in my phone book to store numbers!

Ungrateful indeed.

What I am getting at is that we are never satisfied and always want more. We fail to recognize the quality (not quantity) of what we already have and what we have already achieved. We fail to celebrate the beauty of the friendships and relationships that we have established in the world.

We forget to celebrate each other.

We focus on the challenges of the next struggle instead of “basking in the glow” of what already has been. Things are never as bad as we think they are. If we practice being thankful when it seems we have nothing to be thankful for then it makes the uphill struggle that much easier.

Be thankful also for the bad things that happen and mark them down as a lesson learned.

Surround yourself with positive people.

Be thankful for the freedoms and civil liberties ( threatened as they may be sometimes)

Lest we forget, be thankful that the sun rose today.

The long run

I ran past the exit
Past the plantation
Atop the hill
Ducked into the meadow
Tiptoed over gravestones

Sniffed rose bushes
Hoping to heal my pain
Jumped over fences
Trampled the old man’s lawn

I ran through the square
Brushing against peddlers
Trying to sell
Everything but their souls

I ran past the drum circle
Smiled at the simple life
I long to live

I ran past the old clock
Shuffled between men in suits
past politicians
Effigies of heroes
Stumbled over pot holes
Ran past the Balisier house
Vale royal
The red house
Past the lady
In the tight red dress

I ran past the mad house
Knowing I belong there
Past the hospital
That once save my life

I ran past omens
more signs
Ran past the craft market
Saw reflections of me
I ran past other runners
Until I was home


4 thoughts on “Being Grateful

  1. We need to be grateful for life itself,the fact that we can wake up each morning,can see,hear and be in good health is enough to be grateful for.

  2. Hi Kevin,
    I am grateful for your postings! They have inspired me to stop and reflect on many aspects of my life. Thank you.

  3. Just like how iron sharpens iron so is our own life rekindled by the

    sparks of others. We should be grateful for the ones that provide

    the embers that regenerate our pathway

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