In case you’re unaware, this weekend happens to be Thanksgiving, a time of year in which we often gather with family and friends and acknowledge all of the things we are grateful for.
Arguably, when most of us contemplate what it is we are grateful for, things like food, water and shelter come to mind, to name a few. It makes sense that these privileges are often the first that come to mind when we are contemplating components of life we have gratitude for because we typically make use of things like food, water and shelter on a daily basis.
There are, however, plenty of other things we often take for granted that are equally worthy of our gratitude, and I thought I would compile a list myself in hopes of spreading some thankfulness this Thanksgiving.
Disregard the redundancy of the first three points:
- Air conditioning
- A structurally sound and safe home
- An incredibly loving and supportive mother, father, sister and husband
- Phenomenal pets
- Animals in general
- Clothing for all seasons
- Relatively good health
- Good health of my friends and family
- The Viking era and Viking-inspired media productions
- Classic rock music
- Being born and raised and having the opportunity to work on my family’s farm
- Good weather
- Laughter and making others laugh
- Falling asleep to the sound of a thunderstorm
- Sitting in front of a fire with people I love and appreciate
- Freedom of speech and rights
- The ability to read and write
These are some of the things that come to mind when I ponder what it is in this life I am thankful for, and I encourage you to ponder as well. It’s beneficial to recognize what it is we have gratitude for – big and small, and not just at Thanksgiving, but always.
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