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Monday, November 25, 2013

A Day of Thanks

These days, it seems there’s a propensity to focus on the negative.

Scroll down through your Facebook or Twitter feed, or take a moment to call an old friend. Once you get by the polite niceties, I willing to be the conversation will take a turn toward what is wrong.

Sure, with an economy that is still on the rocks, an uncertain economic future, and the news telling us the boogie man is looming just around the corner every night, it’s hard to find that silver lining that is supposed to be found in every dark cloud.

Even with the approaching Thanksgiving holiday it’s very easy to get caught up in hassles of making a large family dinner and cleaning up in time to hit the numerous black Friday sales that have migrated into Thursday.

Over recent months, I’ve been trying to mindful of my attitude. Instead of focusing on the negatives, when I feel my mood turning dark, I push myself to count the blessings – and there are many of them. I have my family close, they are all healthy, and we have a good roof over our head, and food on our table every night. 

Are there problems? Sure. Such is life.

But mine in blessed and I am grateful. 

So, as I prepare to have my family over this coming weekend, I will be trying not to stress over the little things and remember how lucky I am to have family with us. I will pause, and say thanks for all the wonderful things that have happened in the last year. 

What do you have to be thankful for this year?

Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, daughter, and four canine kids. Her son, now on his own, is planning a wedding, reconfirming that romance still lives and breathes. When not writing stories of finding and rediscovering love, Constance and her husband spend the hours planning a cross-country motorcycle trip for the not-so-distant future…if they can find a sidecar big enough for the pups.

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Shay Lacy said...

Connie: When I look around me at the woman fighting cancer and two cousins who died too soon, to name just a few, I am very blessed. I try to count my blessings, but I'm human. Thanks for the reminder to be thankful. I'm very thankful I know you.

Em-Musing said...

I'm ALIVE! Seriously, if I can't find something to happy about everyday, I need a mind altering adjustment. Happy Thanksgiving. Eat some turkey for me 'cuz I won't be eating here in Mexico. Oh, they have it, it's just that it's too hot to cook it.