Counting Blessings: What Are You Thankful For?

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Counting Blessings - What Are You Thankful For?Thanksgiving has always been a holiday close to my heart. This is because it allows me to contemplate on the things that I should be grateful for. In the hustle bustle of daily life, priorities tend to get mixed up and some are even forgotten. Thanksgiving is that breather from all the pressures of life, one of the very few holidays where we can take some time off to spend with our loved ones.

So make sure that you also reflect on the blessings you’ve received this year, that far outweigh all the problems you’ve experienced. Ask yourself what you are thankful for. Yours might differ from mine but maybe these will make you think about the good things that happened in your life, too.

Travel

Life is like a roller coaster. Sometimes you’re up and sometimes you’re down. I like theme parks and roller coasters in general, but when applied to life, it just isn’t the same. Though I’m used to the ups and downs of life, there are times when it’s very tempting to leave all your problems at the door. There have been instances when I felt so burned out at work, I wanted to quit with no Plan B or C in place. Luckily, I stopped myself from impulsively writing a resignation letter and it’s all because of travel. Trips are my bright spot and the ups that I look forward to each year.

Every journey I take rejuvenates my soul and helps me keep things in perspective. I also feel that traveling allows me to learn about myself and grow a little each time I explore a different part of the world. This year, I am thankful to have been able to visit a part of Asia and witness the many different walks of life. Next year, I hope my wanderlust will take me to more places and make me a better person.

Career

I may have taken a different academic course from my current profession but I am thankful to have been able to do the thing I love the most–writing. Many people have often scoffed at my choice of work, saying it’s a shame I wasn’t following the profession dictated by my course in school. Still, I have no regrets because I know that everyone isn’t lucky enough to find their dream job. Some are even still unemployed years after graduating from college. This year, I am definitely grateful to find a job I like because when you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work at all.

Family

Family members can be annoying. Siblings will always squabble with you and try to bully but in the end, blood is still thicker than water. When somebody is fighting with you, you can bet that your siblings will have your back no matter what. I don’t have the best relationship with my sister. Maybe it’s because it’s not in her nature to be affectionate. She is more of the aloof, woman of a few words type. Still, I know from her actions that she does care for me a lot. Parents also can be annoying but never take them for granted because you will never know how much you will miss them until it’s too late and they’re gone.

Although thanksgiving is the perfect time for reunions, especially for those who live apart, I know that sometimes, not all family members will be able to make it to the gathering. To make up for the lack of complete attendance, why not make online conference calls to the member who wasn’t able to make it? To take family online conferences to another level, using video conference systems like Polycom, narrows the distance and makes family members feel like they are in the same room together instead of continents apart. Despite the squabbles you may have, family is still family and whatever quarrels you have will eventually be resolved. This is why you should always be thankful for the gift of family.

Tiffany Matthews

Tiffany Matthews

Based in San Diego California, Tiffany Matthews is a professional writer with over 5 years of writing experience. She also blogs about travel, fashion, and anything under the sun at wordbaristas.com, a group blog that she shares with her good friends. In her free time, she likes to travel, read books, and watch movies.
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