During the Thanksgiving season, it is customary in my house to think about some of the things you are thankful for since at the Thanksgiving meal, we ask each person to share at least one thing that they are thankful for.
I’ve been thinking about what I am thankful for and started jotting them down. Before I knew it, I had a list of 50 items.
One Goliath that I think many people experience is ungratefulness. When people are ungrateful, they tend to disregard people and what they have. This ungratefulness can lead to depression and other negative things in people’s lives.
While depression does have a medical and chemical component and can be helped with the correct medication, I think “the blues” or non-clinical depression can be faced and defeated by focusing not on
what’s wrong, but by giving thanks for what we have.
Here are 50 things I am thankful for this week.
- I am thankful for waking up today since there are those that died overnight.
- I am thankful forgetting my electric bill since there are those that have no place to stay.
- I am thankful for my mortgage/rent payment since there are those that have no place to stay.
- I am thankful for my morning coffee since there are those that have nothing to eat or drink.
- I am thankful for my daughters since there are those that long for children but are unable to have them.
- I am thankful for my wife since there are those that go through life without a supportive partner.
- I am thankful for my mom since there are those that never knew their moms.
- I am thankful for my mom’s health since there are those that have lost their mom.
- I am thankful for my dad since there are those that never had a positive male role model in their life.
- I am thankful for my dad’s health since there are those that have lost their dad.
- I am thankful for my house which is a real home since there are those that have neither.
- I am thankful for my ability to read and write since there are those that are illiterate or who struggle.
- I am thankful for my glasses since there are those that cannot see the world because of poor eyesight.
- I am thankful for my mind since there are those that cannot see the world.
- I am thankful for being overweight since there are those that are starving in the world.
- I am thankful for food in my cabinets since there are those that worry where their next meal will come from.
- I am thankful for my car insurance since there are those that do not have a car nor reliable transportation.
- I am thankful for my water and sewage bill since there are those that do not have access to clean water or sanitary living conditions.
- I am thankful for my ability to reason since there are those that cannot see both sides of a situation.
- I am thankful for my daughter’s artistic ability since I struggle to draw and creative visual art.
- I am thankful that I can work from home since there are those that are unable to get to their kid’s sporting events
- I am thankful for being self-employed since there are those that leave the house before the kids leave for school and get home close to the time their kids go to bed.
- I am thankful for time I can spend with my kids because they are growing up so fast and before I realize it, they will be adults living on their own.
- I am thankful for time spent with my wife during the middle of the day. These lunch dates allow us to continue to “date”.
- I am thankful for no car payments since there are those that are enslaved to creditors.
- I am thankful for my friends who are there to give me both a hard time (in jest) and be there when I need to talk.
- I am thankful for the internet that allows me to connect with so many great people and share ideas with them.
- I am thankful for being a part of Jeff Goins’ Tribe Writers community. This community is a great support system.
- I am thankful for the ability to pay for and attend conferences like Jeff Goins’ Tribe Conference since I am able to meet some of my heroes and to meet people from online in real life.
- I am thankful for those that study areas that don’t interest me. Specifically, I’m thankful for my chiropractor who is able to help me feel better physically.since there are those that
- I am thankful for Big Pharma since through their research and development, I have medicine that keeps my psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis at bay, allowing me to leave an almost pain-free life.
- I am thankful for Big Pharma since the medicine they have developed to help those with Parkinson’s Disease, like my online friend and mentor Ray Edwards
- I am thankful for online mentors, some of whom I have met in person, like Jeff Goins, Dan Miller, and more.
- I am thankful for my local networking groups that have helped me connect with potential clients and who have shared their expertise with me.
- I am thankful for technology like Skype and Google Hangouts that allow me see and talk with people around the country and around the world. Recently I was able to Skype with my Mom on her birthday and be “part of the party” for a few minutes since I could see and hear all that was happening there.
- I am thankful for the local believers in Jesus Christ that help me know, in a real way, that I am not alone in my walk with God.
- I am thankful for my friends who speak truth into my life, keeping me grounded since there are those that do not have friends like this.
- I am thankful for Christian apologists like Josh McDowell, Frank Turek, and others. Their research and work allow me to help contend for the faith in a world that is becoming increasingly hostile to thinking Christians.
- I am thankful forAmazon Kindle and CreateSpace because it gave me a platform to publish my Bible studies on how to use Star Wars to share your faith.
- I am thankful for my love of driving. This has allowed me to drive moving trucks for friends up and down the East coast.
- I am thankful for being self-employed which provides me the freedom to help friends whenever, without having to “ask the boss” for time off.
- I am thankful for my wife being self-employed since it provides her an outlet for her love of math (she’s a math tutor) and helps fund the household.
- I am thankful for my improving cooking skills. Since my wife tutors, often I am left to make dinner. Whether she has prepared dinner and all I need to do is cook it, or she leaves me a recipe to follow, food is becoming more edible.
- I am thankful fora warm bed on a cold morning since I know there are homeless all around me.
- I am thankful for two of my daughters that wanted to go feed the homeless in Baltimore with our church. Their willingness to help those who don’t have as much as we do was inspiring. I went with them and walked away with a better understanding of what the homeless face (after having spent time talking with 5 or 6 people that came out to be feed by our church.)
- I am thankful for the friends my eldest daughter has made in middle and high school. These kids are hardworking, studious, fun-loving, and responsible. While I know they are still teens, they have so far avoided making many of the dumb mistakes teens have made.
- I am thankful for the friends my middle daughter has made in elementary and middle school. These girls are a good influence on her and she on them. The laughter and goofiness when they are together makes me smile (for the most part. During sleepovers, I wish they would actually try to sleep.)
- I am thankful for neighbors that help one another out, especially when they share the use of their snow blowers. While I love snow, I’m not a big fan of shoveling my driveway and walk-ways multiple times because of the amount of snow.
- I am thankful for you, the readers of this blog. Without you, I would just be typing words out in the ether of the internet.
- I am thankful for those of you that have signed up for my email list. I appreciate you sharing your inbox with me. I hope I’m providing you with good content.
How About You?
What are you thankful for and why?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.