Thankful Part 2

To everyone (yes that includes you)

This year as you gather with loved ones I challenge you to take a moment and look around at the faces that surround you. These are some of the most influential people in your life. These are relatives, friends, and significant others. These are the people who love you unconditionally, who support you no matter what, and who will have an impact on your life forever. Not every holiday is conventional, so if you are alone this holiday season then take a moment to remember. Remember as many moments you can of those who have touched your life in some way. Be thankful for every second you shared with them, especially if they do surround you today. In 28 years I have seen a lot of friends come and go, relationships start and end, family members here and then gone. Every person I’ve ever encountered has had a profound impact on me and the person I have become. Nothing is eternal. Nothing lasts forever. Every second you breathe should be cherished, because life is about something more than just existence. I love all of you. I say that now because I am not guaranteed tomorrow to say it then. No one is. I love every person who has come and shown me new ideas, new interests, challenged my beliefs, and accepted me for who I am beneath the skin. Some if not all of you have brought out the best in me and sometimes without me recognizing it, and for that I am incredibly thankful. Unfortunately sometimes it takes the loss of an important person to open your eyes to how much they have meant to you. So now more than ever tell whoever you can how much you appreciate them, love them, and are thankful for them. Get over grudges, work through hatred, and forgive bad times. Tell everyone who has ever had a positive impact on you, no matter how big or small, how much you appreciate them. I appreciate and love all of you, every single friend, family member, acquaintance, and coworker. You have all meant the world to me. I am eternally thankful for you.


Thankful Part 1

To be thankful for external things, one must first be thankful for what he/she sees in the mirror

My hair which catches the spring breeze

My eyes which capture the beauty of this world and all that surrounds me

My nose which enables me to identify the edibleness of delectable food and the sweetness of every flower

My mouth which allows me to taste the refreshing water and fulfilling bread

My ears that hear the stillness of the night, and the rush of the ocean

My legs which allow for superior movement to get me where I need to be

My arms which enable me to reach for a friend’s hand, or give him/her an embrace

My fingers to touch things in my world, and to caress the face of the one I love

My feet and toes to feel the sand below me, and to propel myself forward on this path

My mind that brings me intellect, thoughts, and memories

My heart that pumps blood through my veins keeping my body sustained

My personified heart which knows no limits, no bounds; which allows me to feel the deep sensations and feelings this world offers me

I am thankful for my being, my health, my life, and the opportunities I have been given. I am even more thankful for those who surround me like my friends and family

What are you thankful for?