Thanksgiving (Part Two)

Happy Day to you! I once read a quote that stated, “It’s not happy people who are thankful. It’s thankful people who are happy.” From my personal experience, I have discovered that to be true.

Should we only be thankful when we feel happy, we limit our opportunities to be blessed and to be a blessing. Thankfulness is not based on feelings. As a lifestyle, we can use its influence to bring transformation to our world. It is in the simple things that we can appreciate life itself.

I love the song, What a Wonderful World. “I see trees of green, red roses too, I see them bloom for me and you.” In those simple words it becomes clear that this wonderful world was created to bring us pleasure, joy, and serenity. Too often we get caught up in the hectic pace of day-to-day activities, cares, and concerns, that we have little time to stop and smell the roses.

Being thankful for family and relationships also make me happy. As a child I moved around often being in military and ministry. In each town we lived , I made friends that to this day bring a smile to my face when I remember them. My husband and my children are most precious to me. These days as our family is growing, I have many more reasons to be thankful. We have a variety of personalities, likes, and dislikes. We do not always see eye to eye on issues and are all very strong willed in our differing opinions. However, the happiness I feel in my heart is a result of the thankfulness I have knowing that they are mine.

I invite you to join me in this state of thankfulness. Together we can influence others to make this mindful transformation as well.  See the world in all its natural true beauty. Take time to stop and smell the roses (unless you have allergies- LOL). Be thankful for the people in your life. Let them know you care and are glad they are in your life.

If you are sad, you will soon find yourself being happy. It’s a direct result of being thankful. I must admit, there are times when I do feel blue. But I never stay there long. When life gives me a hundred reasons to be sad, thankfulness gives me a thousand reasons to be happy! Try it! You will see. It’s a good time to be you!

Peace and Joy,


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