For some, this has been a great year with a lot of positive life changes and experiences. For others, it seems to be the extreme opposite. They’ve experienced personal loss and setbacks and are anxiously awaiting a new year and change.
Regardless of which of these categories you fall in, it’s still a time to give thanks. The fact that you’re still living and breathing on this earth is reason enough to give praise. If you’re making plans to eat Thanksgiving dinner with someone/anyone – you are blessed and should be thankful!
Although I love Facebook and keeping updated with my family/friends, there have been a lot of nasty, gross spam images posted on various people’s pages. Some people feel the need of Facebook is to dog out the people that have dogged them out, but it’s sometimes a little too much.
So, I decided for 90 days to participate in a “90 Days of Thanks” initiative and I hope you’ll join me. Starting December 1, 2011 and ending February 29, 2012, we are going to spend each day giving thanks for something in our lives. We often think about the obvious reasons to give thanks (friends, family, job etc..) but when you get past those first 30 days, you really have to think about even the small things around you that you’re thankful for.
Get a piece of paper or a calendar and try to keep track of what you’ve mentioned each day. If you’re on Facebook, starting on December 1 (Day 1), make sure sometime throughout that day you write “Day 1: I am thankful for ________!” If you’re a Facebook hater or avoider, this can be a great time for self reflection in a notebook each night before you head to bed.
The more we’re able to appreciate the things/people that surround us, the less we’ll take each other for granted and the more we’ll seek not only to improve our own lives but those lives of the people around us. The more we spend concentrating on our personal positives instead of being absorbed in everyone else’s business, the more we can realize that until we support others, we’ll never be able to move ahead.
Let’s take 90 days to live life and love life! Make it your gift to yourself this holiday season!