What I’m Thankful For
I woke up this morning inhaling the scent of turkey bacon, eggs and pancakes being prepared downstairs by my wife. As I lay in my bed looking at the ceiling and watching the hue from the morning sunrise, I find myself in deep thought. Reminiscing , and recalling all the decisions I made that brought me to this point in my life.
I am reminded and thankful for the friends and acquaintances in my life who were there for short periods of time, and some who lasted through the long haul as I experienced my ups and downs. Many times I shake my head in disgust when I imagine how close I came to making decisions that would have impacted my life negatively. Only to realize I had enough common sense to make the right decision at the most tempestuous time.
As the song states “I AM ONLY HUMAN,” I make mistakes, and before my life is finally over I will make many more. I’ve come to realize that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, this principled statement is recognized by many, but only understood by few.
Throughout my life I carry the scars of a battled soldier, who continues to fight within himself for answers to questions that will never be answered. Nevertheless I am triumphant to some degree, I shall persevere as the battle rages on. I will not be taken prisoner of my own negativity. I envision victory at all costs, I am determined to one day arrive home safe and sound, relishing a sense of tranquility in my own peaceful thoughts.
In order to achieve this goal I had to look back at my life and thank the people who were part of my life, no matter how short the visit. I had to forgive those who hurt me, rejoice in those who uplifted me and forgive myself for not understanding the lessons and contributions their presence made in making me the man I am today.
The Smaller The Blessing, The Bigger The Reward
You do not need to have an abundance of riches or a circle of admirers to complete you. You only need to believe that all that is good is representative of living a life of gratitude. Learning to appreciate the small gifts in life which can make you whole. Such as your health, your family, your friends, your job and even your enemies can contribute to a more favorable existence.
Please, let me explain. Try to imagine your life without negative forces and how boring life would be. These people should serve as motivation for you to extend yourself beyond the boundaries of fear. Negativity creates a challenge that keeps us on our toes and catapults us towards a resounding call to victory, in which we never thought possible.
Be thankful for burnt bridges. There are times in our lives when it is necessary to burn some bridges. In order to see the blessings we have to burn down the bridges that block our line of sight and inhibit our growth. Once you are able to see clearly you will have a totally different outlook. Revel in the good that can come from moving forward and being thankful for the opportunity to do so when so many others are still walking back and forth over a dark damp bridge to nowhere.
When you burn that bridge you are no longer a prisoner to your past. You will not be able to travel back into the abyss, you now have no choice but to move forward. Be thankful for having the strength and knowledge to burn a bridge when it no longer serves you.
Promise yourself that you will continue on a path of positive growth and mental harmony. Create a world that is drama free, treat others as you wish to be treated. Care for those that care for you. Life is too short to be caring the burden of others who are unappreciative. You need to look ahead, and kick the negative people and hurtful toxic souls out of your life.
Promise yourself that you will work hard on being the best you can be. You deserve better, and if you have the strength to accomplish half of what is written in this blog then you have more than enough to be thankful for.
Sincerely & Happy Holidays to all,