So often we take for granted the things in our life that don’t happen. On any given day we lay our heads down on our pillow and recount all the things that occurred. How often are you saying thanks for the grace and mercy that you experienced that day?
There is always something to be thankful for. Always. Even on the toughest days I can be thankful that it wasn’t worst, because I know it could have been. I am always thankful for all the ways that my life is rich and full. I may be hurting, I may be really down and out, but today my family is all safe and most importantly they are all healthy. I can hug and kiss my dog who will give me endless amounts of snuggles and knows exactly when I need them the most. I will be grateful that I have the means to afford the supplements I need which keep me living and taking steps each day.
No one knows what tomorrow will bring. That’s the mystery of life… And that’s why I learned to be thankful for today, no matter how easy or hard it was. We can’t see the future coming until it delivers its biggest blows, and by then we are wishing for all of our yesterdays back. We desperately want to wake up from the nightmare and go back to the day where we spilled our coffee and thought it was the worst thing imaginable.
I now know to be thankful for a beautiful sunny day that I can walk outside because I experienced months just watching the seasons change outside my window from bed. I know that you need to love your family and appreciate the days you have with them, because in an instant they can be gone leaving you shattered and wishing for just 1 more Christmas, or 1 more Birthday together. I’ve felt the highs and I’ve felt the lows. In fact, sometimes it’s the lows that really put things into perspective. Because you know you never want to feel that kind of pain again, and you realize what true heartache and trials really are.
This Thanksgiving I am giving thanks for all the ways that I was shown mercy and saved from things I didn’t even know about. I am grateful for that silly coffee spill I had this morning, or the fact that I dropped everything I picked up today. I am grateful for the nail polish I smudged and the stain I got on my favorite blouse. Because now I see that if these were my biggest complaints of the day, then my day was not only a huge success, it was also an utter blessing.