With Thanksgiving just a day away, I tend to contemplate what I am thankful and grateful for in my life. Sometiimes this is difficult to do with the problems concerning my health and other issues that affect my family. We tend to focus on the negative. It's hard not to when there is so much negativity around. I mean all you have to do is turn on the news and will get an earful of all the horrible events taking place. But I think that if we try to focus on the good in our lives it would not only make us happier people but it will also have a domino effect. If our demeanor is pleasant that in turns rubs off on everyone we are in contact with then they will have the same effect on people they will come in contact with. Almost like a contagion. It's easy to focus on what we don't have and all the ill fortunes that bestow themselves upon us. Yet no one said life was easy. Life is an experience, not a journey with a completion. Life is just about living in the moment and experiencing things. Sometimes these things are bad, sometimes they are good. But hopefully we all have close family and friends to lean on as we are going through it.
Being thankful for even the little things in your life can change your attiude. Think of the things that you take for granted each and every day. Your spouse, children, family, friends, the roof over your head, the food on your table, etc. These are basic necessities that tons of people don't even have. Yet there are still people who focus so much on materialistic needs and possesions they sadly lose sight of what really matters. These people buy and buy things to fill some type of void. It provides a temporary happiness, because when that new possesion loses its interest then these people are off buying something else. It does not provide REAL and LASTING happiness. That only comes from those little things we take for granted that I spoke of.
I wish a HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all of you and hope you are surrounded by love ones, share plenty of laughter, and make new memories. Remember, these are the things that really matter and that we keep within ourselves. This is what TRUE HAPPINESS IS!