With the current state of the world, from natural disasters to senseless killings, it’s vitally important that one remains thankful. Oftentimes we find ourselves complaining about frivolous matters when we should stand in gratitude for life itself. From your career to your health, it is important to find contentment in every facet of your life. Giving thanks should not be a simple exercise in discipline or social conditioning, but a commitment to how you live your very best life! Because of the constant issues around us one may lose sight and become neglectful in this practice.  This is because it’s easier to focus on the negative versus embracing the positive. Learn how to celebrate your simplest abilities (seeing, walking, speaking, etc.) and know that there is always something to be grateful for. Without gratefulness one has the potential to become arrogant and selfish, which may lead to you believing that you have achieved everything on your own (which we know is not true)! Being thankful for both the good and bad that life brings you allows your perspective to change. Thinking like a victim can allow us to become victimized. Try your best to have a thankful heart even when you are facing an unfortunate circumstance. Here are some words of wisdom I reference when my gratitude reaches ground level:

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” – Maya Angelou

“The secret to having it all, is knowing that you already do.” – Anonymous

“None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” – Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

“There are people that would love to have your bad days.” – Anonymous

TODAY, I challenge everyone to create a list of the Top 10 things you are most grateful for in life. After you complete it, post the list where you will see it. Each day, add something to the list. Use this checklist as a constant reminder to yourself that you have a lot to be thankful for. And always remember that the most important thing to be thankful for is that you’re even here to be thankful!

By Dr. Avis Foley

Co-Publisher, Purpose Weekly

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