Life can spin in many directions. Somedays we feel that the world is against us, and other days we feel that the world is our oyster, but today for our American friends, it’s a time they remember to be thankful. Really, shouldn’t we have a day like this in every country? So what’s there to be thankful for?
For me, I’m thankful that I have my two boys. They are the most loving, thoughtful boys you could ever meet, who at times, love to be boys and fight and annoy each other. But usually, they are kind and considerate to each other, helpful and respectful to me and easy to convince to grab a cuddle or a massage off them. Every night at dinner time, we have a thing between us we call ‘Happy Sad Day’, where we go around the table and tell each other what made us happy today, what made us sad today and what we are thankful for today. The boys always say that they are thankful for having a mum that loves them and food on the table. Sometimes they add a few new ones, but that’s what they are mostly thankful for each day.
I am thankful for having a good business that looks after my boys and I financially. I am thankful for my friends who listen to my sad stories when times are tough, but also pep me up and shine when times are good. I am thankful that my parents saw that I needed to branch out of our suburb and start a new school when I was 14 which was the beginning of my travelling and writing adventures. I am thankful for my inner strength and courage. I am thankful for my Yoga instructor/masseuse. I am thankful for having the power to change whatever I want changed within myself. I am thankful for being able to see a positive future ahead for me and my boys. I am thankful that I have a creative talent. I am thankful that I tan nicely 🙂 I am thankful for the beauty that surrounds me, but also thankful that I can identify that beauty surrounds me wherever I go.
At the same time, I know I can be better. I know I can be a better mum. I know I can be a better writer. I know I can be a better family member. I know I can be a better friend. I know I can be a better house cleaner. I know I can eat better. I know I could exercise more. I know I can learn to forgive. I know I can choose to let go. I know I can learn more. I know I can observe more. I know I can let people be themselves. I know I can let go of people who don’t fit into my life. I know I can embrace people more who complement my life. I know that I shouldn’t judge other’s lives. I know I can open my heart more. I know I should trust more. I know I should smile more. I know I should laugh more. I know I can be better. I know it’s time to make that change.
So if part of being thankful is being better within yourself, then maybe it’s time to recognise that life is too short to let others hold you back and make a stance for yourself and your children. Make it happen – because no one else can do it except you, and be thankful that you can 🙂