A Reminder to be Grateful

By Samantha McKenzie

1-gratefulMany of us understand the basic tenets of being grateful. I am always thankful when people lend me a helpful hand, or offer up some exceptional advice. I am very grateful that God answers my prayers. I appreciate every act of kindness I receive from others.

I must confess, however, that my gratitude wanes from time to time. I get a little sloppy. It’s never intentional. I sorta get stuck in the fast-paced routine of my every day, ordinary life and before you know it, I simply forget to be thankful.

When my daughter visited a elementary school in Nairobi, Kenya, last spring, she said the students were so grateful for the pencils they brought for them. It reminded me yet again how thankful I should truly be.nairobikenya

I’ve had to add a regimen of thankfulness to my daily life. In addition to my morning routine, I pick something every day to remind me to be thankful. It doesn’t have to be something grand. Most of the time, it’s the little thing that brings a smile to a face. Every time I hear myself whine or complain about something trite, I make myself stop.

Whatever it takes to get me back into the seat of gratitude, I force myself to do so. Immediately.

This quiets my eager soul. It keeps me humble. I think about the people who went to sleep last night and never awoke. I think of the people who got up this morning and received the bad news. I remind myself of the newborn babies whose parents were casualties of war. The children suffering from terminal illnesses. The victims. Their families. The soldiers. The casualties.

I am tremendously grateful for my life. And I will keep plugging away at remaining this way. I will say it aloud. I will write a longer list and refrain from getting too comfortable or from taking tomorrow for granted.

Today, I am thankful for the space to write my thoughts and share them with others. I’m grateful to have something to smile about. I’m grateful for everything…

One Comment Add yours

  1. Shel says:

    Thank you for reminding me to be Thankful. Everyday is a blessing!

    Liked by 1 person

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