As we celebrate our first Thanksgiving tomorrow in Florida, I thought about what I am most thankful for. For every blessing and experience my family and I have had this past year, I couldn’t be more appreciative. So today’s blog is all about how we can all be more thankful, and count every single minute as a blessing.
Be thankful for what you have, not what you don’t. I know this concept is difficult for many, and foreign to most- but once you “get it”, it’s the sweetest freedom you will ever taste. I have been there, in that position of wondering why others seemed to have it all, and why I was struggling. The dust seemed to clear more when I realized the tremendous amount of blessings I DID have. All it takes is one minute to take a deep breath and look around your life and see what there IS to be thankful for. You may not have the best job, but you have a great family. You may not be able to get pregnant right now, but you have great friends. You may not be able to live your dream right now, but you know that in time you can. Be thankful for the two legs you walk on, because some cannot walk at all. Be happy to be able to see that beautiful sun shining in the sky, when so many will never see it in their lifetime. These small things in life are what SHOULD drive us to live every day to its absolute potential, and NEVER anything less.
Be thankful for the people in your life. For those who you love with all your heart, thank them today for what they have meant to you in your life. Write, call, email your loved ones and show them your gratitude this Thanksgiving… the power of love in the smallest of words can leave the biggest impact. For those who have done you wrong, be thankful and forgiving and move on from them ever being a thought in your head again. For every experience, good and bad, there is something to learn from it and grow from- be thankful for every single one.
Be thankful for where you live. I know, easy for me to say right? I live in the land of Mickey and palm trees now… but I used to live in the land of cheese and Green Bay Packers. Whether you live in someone’s basement, or in a huge 10 bedroom home- it’ home, and be thankful you have one. Every time I see someone homeless and on the streets, it hurts. I wonder how they got there, and why it got so bad for them. If you know someone who is struggling, I encourage you this Thanksgiving to help them out. Invite them over for a meal, give them a gift card to a grocery store, or bring them a meal from a restaurant. Volunteer at a local Shelter or church to help even more.
On a personal note, I want to thank you, our readers and friends, for making our entire family feel so loved. Not one week goes by that I don’t receive an email or private message that reflects someone’s kindness and appreciation for us and the blog. When I get a comment, an email, however you contact me, I smile EVERY time. I could be having the worst day and someone writes about how the blog helped revive a dream, or helped them throughout their day- WOW. In the words of Erkel “Did I do that?” I am humble… I sometimes just don’t see myself as any kind of pioneer. I’m just Amy Falk Petermann, and for that, I am thankful for. Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!!