Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Being Thankful

Different times of the year bring different things to mind. In February we think about love, May brings the changing seasons and thoughts of outdoor fun, August reminds us the school is going to start soon, but November is special. In November we are reminded to be thankful. It's not about our plans or what we want, but a time to be reminded of how much we already have.
I remember seeing the old movie 'Pollyanna' in school. If you haven't seen it, the story is about a little girl who chooses to see the good in everything. That movie made a big impression on me, and I've always tried (but don't always succeed) to look for the positive.
I think being thankful is very similar. It seems that no matter what the situation, there is always something you can find to be thankful about.
Do you know who is best at this? It seems to be those who by outward appearances have the least to be thankful for. I've been able to care for several young people who were dying. They consistently thanked God for the way He worked in their life, thanking Him for each new day and the different ways He cared for them as they went through this process. What a reminder to those of us who take so much for granted!
As this month comes to an end, and we start concentrating on the busyness that the Christmas season brings, remind yourself of the many ways God has blessed you and keep a thankful spirit through the year, not just for one season!


Justabeachkat said...

Amen Mari! Amen!

I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with lots of yummy food, good friends and family and lots of memory making moments.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Brenda said...

Absolutely true! Not only does thankfulness lift our spirits but helps encourage others as well.

Connie said...

Our blessings go on and on..........

Pat said...

This is a wonderful post Mari. I'm thankful for this time of year that reminds us to be thankful!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and kiss that sweet grandbaby for me!

Sharon said...

This was so beautifully written and I do agree that we should be thankful all year long.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Sandee said...

I agree and I have so many things that I'm thankful for. Thanks for the smiles.

Have a terrific day and a blessed Thanksgiving. :)

Bonnie said...

This is a beautiful post Mari and a great reminder to all of us ! It's true ... we really have SO MUCH to be thankful for !

PS ... I looooved the movie Pollyanna. Still do.

Brooke said...

what a great reminder. i hope you and your family have a blessed thanksgiving!!

LuAnn said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Bob and your family. And special thanks for that sweet bundle of joy!!!

Rebecca said...

So true, Mari! Somehow, with the increasingly long hours of darkness outside, I need this little "pep talk"! God HAS been so patient with and good to me!

Musicaljean said...

Beautiful, Mari. As a teenager, I was tremendously inspired by a woman in Jamaica. She lived on a mountain in some of the poorest conditions I had ever seen, yet was amazingly joyful and thankful. My dad also convinced me that a grateful spirit makes a person easy and enjoyable to be around.