Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. ~ Oprah Winfrey
I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. ~ Woody Allen
As I have been watching the international news over the past few months, I am quite saddened…. from Syria to the DRC we see so much instability and unrest. Life is put into perspective very quickly for me. Life is harder for many people – be it a small child in an orphanage in Africa or Russia or an adult struggling to find where they belong in the midst of civil unrest in the country of their birth.
I have learned that life is really about perspective and that perspective plays such a strong role in happiness. The half-empty versus the half-full glass holders really do live very different lives. I have also learned that, at times, we need to work to find the things that we are thankful for; yet, if we put in a little effort, it is not hard. I can give you a few examples of the very small things in life I am thankful for – they are only small until they disappear, and then they are greatly missed.
- Loving family
- Warm showers
- Laughing children
- Purring cats
- Working heaters in the winter and A/C in the summer
- Internet connections
- Good food – especially ice cream! (Yes, in my book ice cream is indeed a food!)
- Skype (I get to see and talk to my family from anywhere in the world – even from visits to rural Africa!)
- Good books
- Best friends
I am sure that my readers can add many more things to this list, I could as well. I find that in moments when my attitude is not great, if I allow myself to be thankful for the small things everything shifts and I am able to see a change in my attitude.
Today, 91 days ’til 40, I am so thankful for the little things.