What are You Thankful For?
by Charles von Goins, II, Form VI
2 min. read — November 10, 2021
It is very easy for many of us to get caught up in the moment and not be thankful for everything that is around us and what we have right now. It is important, at least once a week, to pause and take a moment to reflect on everything that we currently have now and truly appreciate it, and I don’t mean just looking at something and acknowledging it for a brief moment and continuing on with your day. I mean expressing gratitude, appreciating what you have, and looking at every single day as a blessing and a new opportunity for happiness and optimism. Maybe it can be a friend, family member, or colleague that you can quickly express gratitude to for something positive they did to you last week, or maybe you can give them a gift of appreciation just to show that you care. Even in a situation that may not be too apt for your liking, embrace the constraints and fall in love with the timid nature of the work.
In many ways, it is a mindset that we all have to continue learning and getting better at, because it doesn’t just come in a day or come naturally at all. It is a life skill that we all have to repeatedly train ourselves at and want to get better at. Get a journal, write down some things that you are grateful for every single day, or say a prayer in which you use introspection to get a feel for what you can be grateful for. Savor the great moments of your life and most importantly share them with others around you. Be thankful in the midst of pain, angst, and uncertainty, be thankful for the people in your life, and be thankful for your life for it is something that is worth a lot more than you may think. You will see that being thankful can truly help and change your perspective on many things and bring hope towards your life for the better.