I am currently sitting on my sofa at home and I am thinking about you. I have been the last few days. The fact that you would read the words I write and hearing from some of you on a regular basis is more than an encouragement to me. It is an honor and a privilege that I don’t take for granted. So today in the spirit of thanksgiving I want to share with you about the importance of thankfulness.
I listened to a podcast recently about social media and how easy it is to get into a comparison mode and having bad thoughts about yourself because you might not be as good or as big or whatever it is as the person you’re following on social media. Obviously this isn’t news and we’ve all fallen prey to that. I know I have.
The wild thing about listening to this podcast though was to find out that when we do that we are actually damaging our brain because the stress that is released in that moment is toxic for our brain but wasn’t intended to be.
But we can counter that effect by deliberately choosing in that very moment to think something positive, to be happy for that person and to be thankful for what we actually have. Isn’t that just remarkable?
I would be lying if I said that the last few months have been all smooth sailing full of happiness and joy. But this blog is about the seasons in life we go through and that we can have abundance in them all. So I just want to encourage you that no matter the season you’re in I believe we can all choose to be thankful. Maybe the only thing you’re thankful for right now is the air you breathe but that’s ok. Let’s start there and let’s start digging for more things to be thankful for.
The importance of thankfulness
I am thankful for:
- Being healthy
- Having a great community of family and friends
- Having a voice and being able to make a difference for those who do not have a voice
- Eyes to see the beauty around me
- Ears to listen to the people around me, and building meaningful relationships
- Getting to live this life with Jesus and the amazing things he has done in my life
And I am thankful for you.