Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I enjoy being able to relax, spend quality time with my loved ones, and of course eat a bunch of delicious food. That said, each year I take time to remind myself of the true meaning of Thanksgiving and to acknowledge the people and things I’m thankful for.
A lot has happened this year with all the hurricanes and gun shootings; so many people lost their lives as a result, and it just forces you to realize how blessed we are to be alive and to spend this day with our family and friends. I strongly encourage everyone to take some time this Thanksgiving to embrace your loved ones and remind them how much you love and appreciate them. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on the year and remind each other how blessed we truly are.
Outside of being thankful for life itself and for my family and friends, there are a couple other things that I’m thankful for this year and would like to share them with you:
- My new job: I started a new job in October, and I absolutely love it! The people that I work with are some of the most kindhearted and humble people I’ve ever met. They have all welcomed me with loving arms, and they treat me as though I’ve been working with them for years. Although the position is currently temporary, I am honored to have the opportunity to work for such an incredible company filled with amazing people. I cannot express my gratitude for this opportunity enough. Even if it doesn’t turn into something more permanent (which I hope it does!), the past month has been time well spent (so far), and I’m really appreciative. No matter what happens, I’ll always be grateful.
- My overall growth: With each year comes new lessons. Some a lot tougher than others. Despite those tough lessons that I’ve had to learn this year, I’m incredibly proud of how much I’ve grown. Every day, I’m becoming a better person. I’ve learned the true meaning and value of self-love and self-appreciation; I’ve learned to find happiness within myself and not in other people; I’ve learned to trust the process. There were times this year that I questioned where I was in life and wondered why I experienced certain situations. Now, looking back, I understand why this or that didn’t work out when I wanted them to. God sometimes have different plans for our lives that are a whole lot better than the plans we create for ourselves. Learning those lessons have contributed to my overall growth as a person, and for that, I’m truly thankful.
If you’re reading this, I hope you’re having an amazing Thanksgiving with your loved ones. Even if this year wasn’t the best for you, or you find yourself feeling down because things aren’t necessarily going right for you at the moment, try to remember the importance of Thanksgiving and spend the day being thankful for the things that are going right and for the people in your life who genuinely love and care for you. We have to remember to appreciate what we do have because things could always be a lot worse.
Again, Happy Thanksgiving! Wishing you all the joy and happiness in the world today and every day!
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