It’s just before Thanksgiving here in the United States, which is an excellent time to stop and reflect about everything one might be grateful for. Actually, I’d argue that daily gratitude and not an annual observation leads to a more fulfilling and meaningful life, but now isn’t a bad time to discuss gratitude.
I have much to be thankful for in my life. For starters I’m healthy, something that can’t be said of everyone. While much attention has been directed at the current pandemic, there are many more things which ail humanity and have for as long as history has been recorded. Not only do people suffer from horrendous diseases, there are those who suffer from debilitating mental challenges.
Having lived in a third-world country, I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunities afforded me by living in one of the most prosperous nations to have ever existed. That doesn’t come without challenges and things certainly aren’t perfect, but I can say with confidence it could be far worse.
Having gone to some of the best institutions of higher education available, I’m grateful for the opportunity to have learned from talented intellectuals. The provided me with a basis of understanding and thinking through information, as well as trained me in the gathering and vetting of sources, skills which have been invaluable in my continuing education. I learned many, many more things during my formal education which have positively impacted my life even to this very day.
Being able to pursue a career of writing full-time has been a dream realized. Many other paths I thought I wanted to pursue didn’t pan out for a variety of reasons, but since the third grade I knew I wanted to be an author. Not everyone gets to live their childhood dream and I understand that, which is why I’m thankful I’ve had that privilege.
In that vein, I’m extremely grateful that I’ve been able to work on writing books with consistent effort. I know all of you haven’t seen the fruits of my labors yet, but they are coming in the near future.
As one who thoroughly enjoys playing in the great outdoors, I’m grateful for the majestic splendor of nature. Despite it also being a cruel, brutal element, spending time away from civilization is rejuvenating and inspiring.
I’m grateful for having a family who’s been supportive of me to the best of their capabilities as I’ve dealt with my own struggles. They’re not perfect, but the genuine effort to understand and be of help is appreciated. I truly don’t know where I would be without their assistance.
I encourage you to think about what all you’re grateful for, not only during this season but on a daily basis. Doing so will have a positive impact on your life.
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