Thanks Even in the Hard Times

Next week we celebrate Thanksgiving here in America.  This tradition from the days when settlers and Native Americans came together to give thanks for the abundance of food from the earth.  It’s a time for us today to consider all that we have to be grateful for.   As a Success Coach and Hospice Chaplain, I have so much to be thankful for.  For my clients with whom I can celebrate “wins” and for my hospice patients and families who remind me every day never to take anything for granted.  They also remind me that life is too short, and we should stop to smell the roses.

Yet, I’m also aware that it can be difficult to be “Full of Thanks.”  For many the upcoming holidays bring sadness instead of joy.  Sometimes it’s just plain hard to keep that grateful attitude.  We get focused on our problems and we don’t get a chance to reflect on the positive.

I read a poem today that speaks to this…

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,

If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something,

For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times,

During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,

Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,

Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes,

They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,

Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.

A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. 

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.

                        -Author Unknown

Whatever your situation is, whatever this holiday season holds for you, I hope that you will find some nuggets that you can be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends and family, and may all of you from many nations be blessed with the perspective to see the positives in every situation.

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2 Responses to Thanks Even in the Hard Times

  1. Carol Granger says:

    What a great post Lee. I am using this same reading in my sermon this Sunday.

  2. drew1066 says:

    Thanks for reminding us of this important message at this time of year. When we really look back at our lives honestly, we will see how the setbacks and pain helped us grow into the people we are today. You are more compassionate to others because of your experiences; you are lifting others up by your example.

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