Posted November 24 2010, 1:02 AM PST by Tara Sharp

Giving Thanks

Posted in Uncategorized by Tara Sharp

We are approaching a very special time of the year. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and it is a time to spend with friends, family, pets, or doing your favorite activity, and perhaps just as important, it is a time to count our blessings. Many of us have dealt with some hardships over the years, because that is unfortunately the way of life, but every day we have an opportunity to be grateful for the life and opportunities we do have.  This week, a note on giving thanks has been circulating through the Windermere offices. The letter’s original source is unknown, but the sentiment is profound this time of year.

With the holidays fast approaching, we too are thankful for the ability to make a difference in the lives of those in our communities. We are grateful for the contributions of time and money from everyone engaged with supporting families that need the most help. We are fortunate to be apart of a community that cares. Thank you.

What are you most grateful for this year?

The point of Thanksgiving is to remember the things we have to be grateful for. It’s our special time to give thanks… not just for the obvious, like food, but for the thousands of fortunate moments, the multitude of blessings that we receive each year.

That’s not always as easy as it sounds, we tend to remember the bad things much more easily than the good. However you can make thankfulness an everyday habit. It’s a skill that will benefit you throughout the year.

It’s as simple as reflecting on our day. For example; “I’m grateful that I made it through that heavy rush hour traffic safely.” “I’m grateful that I got to see a beautiful sunset.” I’m grateful that I have a class at school that I really like.”

Also, think of all the good things that happened, because something bad happened first. For example; “If that slow driver hadn’t pulled in front of me, I would have gotten a speeding ticket.” “If I hadn’t tripped on the playground, I would never have met such a nice person.” “If I hadn’t experienced unemployment, I would never have acquired the skills that got me a more fulfilling job.”

Don’t focus on what you don’t have. Instead, focus on what you do have. For example; “I’m so fortunate to have a warm place to sleep in the winder.” I’m so fortunate to live in a safe neighborhood where I can take walks.” “I’m so fortunate to be able to see the beauty around me.”

Think about people you’ve known that make you thankful for their existence. They can be family, friends or simply people that you’ve read about or seen on television. Imagine how many other people there are who might be equally as wonderful. You just haven’t met them yet!

Think about people who have made life hard for you. Now think about the things you have accomplished because of them. Did you finish something because they said you couldn’t? Did you get better at something because they made fun of you when you did it badly? Did their cruel actions make you vow never to treat others that way? Even the negative forces in your life can be hidden blessings and worthy of your gratitude.

Think about the animals that have given you joy: Dogs that love you with every inch of their hearts, cats that think your lap is the best place to nap in the whole world, birds whose songs uplift your spirit, squirrels whose antics put a grin on your face and so on.

Think about the place you love being; a warm bench or a wooded trail, a smell you love, an exciting city, a great spot to view the sky from, your favorite desert, something that makes you laugh. Give thanks for all these things.

Now pass it on. True gratitude involves action. Lend a hand. Pitch in. Make a gift. Give your time. Listen. Give back as often as you can. Even a friendly greeting can make all the difference in the world.

Create your own opportunities for gratitude. Do you know someone who seems unhappy? Be ready with a smile and a kind word each time you see them. It may require patience, but eventually, they’ll smile first when they see you. Your interactions with them will be much more pleasant. Guess what? You’ll have a new reason to be thankful!

Let others know when they’ve done something that you’re thankful for. For example, I’ll never forget how you stuck up for me. It meant a lot.” That email you sent really made my day.” “You make shopping here a pleasure.” An attitude or gratitude spreads like ripples from a tossed pebble, benefiting all it touches.

Remember the hard times make good times sweeter. Also keep in mind that obstacles and challenges not only make you stronger, but they force you to explore outside of the comfortable routine that you’ve settled into. Without challenges, there can be no progress. Without obstacles, there can be no achievement. Be thankful for the opportunities they provide.

Giving Thanks is a powerful tool that can dramatically improve your life and the lives of those around you. Start by embracing gratitude’s special day, then make it a habit! Happy Thanks Giving

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