I refrained from writing these thoughts down on my blog and instead made a list in my notebook to be saved for a later date as I felt that perhaps this post was a little early and these reflections should be saved for New Year (and the realisation that all my American and Canadian friends would be doing the same in a few weeks during Thanksgiving, which we don’t celebrate here in the UK), but yesterday I read an absolutely gorgeous post by Dara from The Clearout about the birth of his baby girl and it tipped me over the edge (in a literary sense – please check out ‘Want To Change the World?’ – I reblogged it.) Suddenly the small list had turned into a five-page epic and I was desperate to collate them all on here to share with you.
My initial opening sentence was going to be ‘This year has been a difficult one‘ and when reflecting on the events of the last ten months as a proverbial ‘big picture’ I suppose it has. I have been so focussed (focused? I’m still confused) on the negative aspects of life that I often forget to pause and give thanks for the continuously good things. These are the things that I think most of us forget to be grateful for.
Fabulous Family, Friendships and Colleagues.
A few months ago, I got on the bus and realised I was ten pence short of the standard fare and only had a £5 note. A man who was standing next to me gave me the money to avoid me walking in the rain to the shop to get the extra change that I needed. I was eternally grateful to that man and thanked him a million times. But what about our family, partners, friends and colleagues – the regular (and unusually willing) participants of your life? These are the people we often take most for granted – the more familiar we become with someone, the more we just assume that they’ll always be there. How often do we stop and thank them? When was the last time you did something nice for an important person in your life, just because you can? If you’re lucky enough to have a support network in your life, make sure that they know what they mean to you and take a little bit of time to show your appreciation.
You Are Here.
Most of you reading this will (hopefully) be in good health. Look after it. Take care of your body – eat well, exercise, get good amounts of sleep. Love your body and mind for what it is. If you are struggling, don’t be afraid to ask for help. A friend of mine thankfully recovered from testicular cancer and he genuinely lives every day to the fullest.
You Are Online
In order for you to be able to read this you must be wealthy enough to be able to afford the internet. Without getting into too much detail that means you must also have:
- A device to view it on.
- A home to put it in.
- Electricity to power it.
- The education that allows you to read it in the first place. Most of you reading this will have been given this education for free.
A New Day
How many times have you woken up and inwardly groaned at the prospect of having to get up and go to work? I certainly have on many occasions. Be grateful that you are lucky to have woken up and that you have a job to go to. Each day is a blessing and twenty-four hours is more than enough time to achieve something fantastic.
Experiences of Life
These make us who we are. In May I wrote about some of the events I have experienced that make life worthwhile. There are so many things out there that are truly wonderful and if you get the opportunity to travel, eat fabulous food, see an amazing movie or show, celebrate a birthday or anniversary with others you are extremely lucky. However, I also think that it is important to appreciate the small events that make each day great. This may also mean that you have to appreciate the not-so-positive events as they have led you to where you are now and helped you to become the person that you are today.
The Unconditional Love of a PetThis won’t be relevant to all of you and some may even disagree, but I have always felt that a pet is a part of the family, even if it is just a family of two. If you are lucky enough to have a pet, take the time to love it, care for it, make sure that it is safe and above all appreciate the fact that it will love you in return regardless of the mistakes that you make in life. The company and affection that I have received from my little friend over the years have seen me through some very tough times.
Take the time to appreciate the faith that you may have in something, whether it is based on a religious belief, faith in a person, or even faith that things will get better. Be proud of the faith that you have.
Be thankful for you. Embrace who you are, accept your strengths and weaknesses and avoid comparing yourself to others. Make the best of yourself in everything that you do, but don’t berate yourself if you make a mistake. Be able to look at yourself in the mirror and like what you see, because you are worth it.
What are your thoughts? What are you thankful for? I’d love to hear any suggestions you think I should add, however big or small.
Great and inspiring post! Yes, we often take things for granted. It is human nature to always expect more and more, with less and less of effort being put in from our own side.
Allow me to share this with you:
Thank you very much!
Well done, a fine thinker piece, Suzie.
Thank you very much!
Wow! It doesn’t get much better than this post. Thank you for all the reminders. Caught up in the muddle of life, we too often forget the essentials.
Thank you very much – what a lovely thing to say!!
Great post! I think we need to remember more often to be grateful for the “small” things in life. Once we add them all up, they seem almost monumental! This helps us to be happier, for a thankful person is most certainly a happy person. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂
Thank you very much! Really appreciate it!
Good to have these reminders for some perspective on how lucky we are – thanks!
Thank you very much!!
I, for one, am more than lucky, I am blessed. Life is a struggle. Perhaps it was meant to be, for those who chose a struggle. Why? God only knows. I may have been drunk.
A wonderful reminder! I am thankful for so many things—perhaps I’ll do a post about it and link up with yours. Thank you for reminding me to take nothing for granted, Suzie!
Feel free! Thanks!
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Happy Thanksgiving to all those who celebrate it… Here’s something I wrote a few weeks ago that I thought I’d share again…
I like that you mention “Being Online” because that is a good indicator of how you’re doing in life I think. Le sigh, why we don’t all have free internet though…
Happy thanksgiving to you!
Yes I agree, I think it is important to live life with a sense of gratitude.
Very nice post–so easy to relate to and apply to my own life!
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Lovely words 🙂
This made me nod along all through. Although I don’t have a pet, I know what it means to have and savour one. Giving gratitude and thanks should be a daily habit. Thank you for these reminders. Always. They make me love my life a little bit more 🙂
Absolutely – they make the house a home…
On a day that a number of my work colleagues have been made redundant this is a timely reminder that we should be thankful for the little things – thanks Suzanne 🙂
Oh I’m so sorry to hear that Em! It’s an awful situation for everyone to be in!
This is a lovely post, Suzie. Like you, I have often looked at the negative side, rather than positive. I have a lot to be grateful for, especially my daughter and being lucky enough to go to University to name just two! 🙂
You should be so proud of yourself for everything that you’re doing lovely!
Thank you, Suzie 🙂
This is an oldie, but such a goodie Suzie!
I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning (it’s cold, and I start work at 8am, so I have to leave the house really early) BUT you are right. I was feeling sad before I found this job, and I do enjoy it. I should try to keep that in mind for tomorrow morning.
p.s. I am totally on board with how you feel about pets. It’s not quite unconditional love from our cat, but that just makes it extra special that he does seem to love us!
I’m so glad that you’ve found a job that you enjoy! And I am totally with you about the cat – mine follows me round like a dog now he is older, but before he just ignored me most of the time haha!
Agree absolutely. Can’t say more, there’s a lot of baggage – but at least now I’m happy to carry it.
I absolutely love that way of looking at it!
WOW Suzie, Just love this from the beginning to the end. It’s so easy to not stop and smell the roses and be thankful for what you have, your health, family, friends, online friends, work (yes work) and so I can go on. We all have our ups and downs, some more than others, but we have to cherish and believe in yourself and what we do and that to the best of our ability. Thanks again for this awesome post.
Thanks so much Esme!