Be Thankful for Even the Tiniest Things

As you are well aware, this is the time of year in which we put aside time to express our thanks and gratitude for the blessings, for which we have received in the last year. However, in this very trying time in which our planet is continually changing and erupting; more people than ever before are without jobs; and the number of people diagnosed with critical health conditions has increased at an alarming rate, it is sometimes difficult to feel thankful. How can one feel grateful when the state government, who is severely in debt, charges an innocent Artist with a fee of $20,000 because she had been volunteering her time and services without compensation while collecting unemployment insurance? How can we feel grateful when the handyman, who we have trusted for five years, overcharges us, bills us for unauthorized work and subcontracts major projects to a fraudulent company? How can we feel thankful when our friends have been recently diagnosed with terminal cancer? How can we feel thankful when we have been unemployed for almost two years and our bank accounts are running dry right in time for the holidays? How can we feel thankful when we are feeling alienated from our families of origin at the time of the year when the media keeps reminding us about the importance of family get togethers? How can we feel grateful when we know that there are millions of people suffering around the world from fatal natural disasters, poverty, violence and neglect?

And yet, somehow, in some way, we must find a way within us to be thankful for even the tiniest thing. Perhaps we noticed an especially beautiful sunset and it helped us feel peaceful inside. Maybe a stranger smiled at us on the subway and that small random act of kindness helped to brighten up our day. Maybe you heard a beautiful piece of music and felt inspired to creative something wonderful. Or maybe a friend called right when you needed someone to talk to and the phone conversation lifted your spirits.

There are many ways in which we can be thankful. It is a wonderful thing when we are able to express gratitude for momentous occasions: a new job, an engagement, a promotion, or a new house. However, even when things are not looking rosy, the bills are piling up on the kitchen table, and the bedroom door still needs to be repaired, we can be thankful for the little things: a glass of orange juice in the morning, a hug, a letter, a good day.

I hope that all of you will enjoy a blessed and meaningful Thanksgiving Holiday and that each of you is able to find something for which to be thankful this season. Thank you for being a part of my circle.