This is the time of year, starting with Thanksgiving, that we should be thankful for our blessings. Sometimes people will ask me to help them identify blessings because they aren’t feeling very blessed. For some people, this time of year is difficult because of different situations or circumstances they find themselves in at the moment.
I totally understand this issue. There were times when I was young when it was hard not worry around the holidays because it seemed that there just wasn’t enough _____(money, food, time, fill-in-the-blank). And yet every year we managed to find a way to enjoy the holiday season. Even though times were tough, we had our family and our friends and between us we pulled off some fun holidays!
Blessings are anything that we have that we can hold on to in order to get to better times, in my opinion. And as things get better, we find that our blessings multiply. Now other people may define blessings entirely differently than I do and that’s perfectly fine. I am not the definitive authority of what blessings are for anyone other than myself. What are blessings to you? Let me give a little insight into where my definition comes from in my life.
I have had difficult times in my life, just like everyone else and I survived them and many of them even helped me grow as a person. I look at all the experiences I have had and I am sure that most of them were blessings, even though they didn’t look that way at the time. (There are few things I haven’t been able to see as blessings even if there was growth involved.) The fact that I am here, doing what I love to do, have great family and friends and good health are all blessings to me. Sometimes, I just have to focus on what I do have instead of what I don’t have and it makes a world of difference.
If you have plenty this Thanksgiving, be sure to donate to those who may not. If you don’t have a lot this Thanksgiving, find family and friends who can all contribute one thing to a meal and you will find that you can have a great time and meal without anyone spending too much or taking too much time. If you feel alone this Thanksgiving, volunteer somewhere and be helping people and interacting with people all at the same time.
Many of us have blessings that we might be overlooking because of whatever else is happening in our lives right now. Back up, take a few moments and try to see if there aren’t some blessings in your life that you might be overlooking!
Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings to all!