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Seriously, I’m grateful for the ability to be thankful.

Posted on: November 24, 2010

Every year at Thanksgiving, as part of my family’s tradition, we go around the table and take turns saying one thing that we are thankful for. Then we toast each person’s statement by taking a sip of Manischewitz wine. No, we are not Jewish, but again thanks to my mother’s upbringing in the projects of New Jersey, she tends to channel a Jewish matriarch every now and again. Now, we all hate the super sweet grape wine, but the fact that it’s part of our giving thanks ritual, we refuse to give it up.

Of course, each year I’m always in such a hurry to make my required side dish that I forget to think through what I was going to be thankful for, which puts me in a panic because nothing ever seems to come to mind. When it’s my turn to give thanks, I ultimately give a general answer that involves being grateful for my family, friends and a job, which to be honest is still legitimate because without those things life can be pretty hard to manage.

However, as I’ve learned time and time again, one of the keys to finding happiness is to continuously give thanks to God for any and every thing. So this year, I started a gratitude journal where I would on a daily (er weekly) basis log the things that I was grateful for at that time. While not as consistent as I would have liked to have been, I did manage to write down quite a few things over this past year. So on this eve of Thanksgiving, I thought I would review my journal to see just how good my life has been over the past year. Here are a few things from my list that I thought would be beneficial to share:

  1. Thanking God for reminding me to be thankful.
  2. Thank You God for people who are comfortable rubbing on someone else to help relax them.
  3. Grateful that I’m not 16 anymore.
  4. Thanking God that I was able to wear my cutest shoes with no pain.
  5. Thank You God for rescuing the lost. I pray I’m next on your list.
  6. Thank You God for the incredible gift of a nephew.
  7. Thanking God for the beauty and calmness of candlelight.
  8. Thank You God for sisters!
  9. Thanking God for people who believe in me!
  10. Thankful for my mothers love, pride and encouragement.
  11. Thankful to live in a city that helps their own. Inspiring!
  12. Grateful for a Starbucks on every corner!
  13. Thanking God for the little things in life!
  14. The little things

  15. Grateful to see the light at the end of this tunnel.
  16. Thank You God for kind valets who let me park in their reserved spots.
  17. Thank You God for your confirmation message in the package of a great friend!
  18. Grateful for being able to laugh when I really want to cry.
  19. Thank You God for not getting angry at us because we don’t pray at every meal.
  20. I’m thankful for the unspoken love understood between two long time friends.
  21. Thanking God for not abandoning me when I was ready to abandon Him.

With over 250 items to choose from for this post, despite how difficult it was, I managed to end up being grateful for having so many things to be thankful for this year. May you and yours have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. Seriously!

6 Responses to "Seriously, I’m grateful for the ability to be thankful."

21. Thank you for co-workers who turn into friends who make work more tolerable…even fun, at times. shhh – (or was that in my journal?)

I keep one too, ps 🙂 5 things per day. Wait til i post my blog for t-giving…

So thankful you found something to be thankful for. You have no idea how God is using you in His plan, but others can see it and appreciated His work.
You Are Truly Blessed!
My personal favorite is #10.

Thank you Mika for this great reminder of just how much we have to be thankful for. On a personal note; #’s 1-2-3 are such blessings and I am truly thankful for them. FYI your family in this part of the country gave up the Manischewitz years ago and the Matriarch hasn’t complained (something else to be thankful for)

The gratitude continues – thanks everyone for your readership, support and friendship. I’m either getting less critical or turning Jewish as the Manischewitz wasn’t quite so bad this year!

Sorry for 2nd post but I forgot to mention I am truly THANKFUL for this blog; it has given me inspiration, helpful hints, reminders and so much joy.

Dido to Ann we do on the upper East Coast no longer toast with that wine either, but we do take turns saying something we are grateful and thankful for.
I am grateful and thankful for so many things I couldn’t begin to list them,, but mostly grateful that I get to see my Ma 84.

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