being-thankful

Thankful,

It is a word we use often, but how much do we really mean it?

I say I’m thankful for things but it can be a word that is tossed around lightly. I wrote this post last year about things I’m thankful for, coffee is one of them. Sure I’m thankful for coffee I’m glad it exists, but isn’t that such a worldly thing to be thankful for?

We say we are thankful for small things because we are afraid to dig deep into our emotions.

Every year at Thanksgiving my family goes around and says things they are thankful for. My answer is always the same “carbohydrates.” I say it as a joke, but the reality is that I hate sharing my feelings and opening up, especially when all eyes are on me.

I will never forget the Thanksgiving after my cousin lost her mom, through heartbroken tears her response was “I am thankful for my supportive family” She was only 6 or 7 that Thanksgiving. She truly knows the meaning of being thankful for her family.

I would bet a million dollars that the same Thanksgiving my cousin cried over being so thankful, I used the carbohydrates joke. I should want to feel so thankful for my family that it makes me cry. There have been days when I cry of how blessed I am, but those tears only come during the hard times in my life. When will I learn to truly seize the day and to really open up to all of the things I am thankful for.

I am thankful for all the people who have paved the way for me to be the spoiled coffee loving America that I am.

I am thankful for the lack of pain and suffering that others have endured for me.

I am thankful for the sacrifices my parents have made for me, to ensure that I never went without.

I am thankful for all the people who stand by me and are supportive of my dreams.

I will try my best to remember these every day and to not take them for granted like I do most days.  I will do my best to never forget that every day.

What are you thankful for?  Try to go beyond the mashed potatoes, yams, pies, and rolls.  What are you really thankful for deep down in your soul?

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