Friday, November 18, 2016

Insight - Giving Thanks - By Michelle Libby

There are times when the whole country pauses to give thanks for all we have. We give thanks for our family, friends and co-workers. We give thanks for our health and happiness. Even if we are discouraged or depressed, we can find something to be thankful for. 

This year go out of your way to find things to be thankful for. The Windham Food Pantry, St. Ann’s Essentials Pantry, Pineland Farms for their cheese curds, and parents who go out of their way to help you succeed. These are all things we can be thankful for. 

With Thanksgiving coming, we try to focus on these things. Sometimes that’s what it takes, focus. It’s easy to complain about a test grade, a long work day, or a backstabbing ex-friend. Recently, I was reading a magazine article about a gratitude journal. They’ve been mainstream since Oprah introduced them years ago. I did one back then, it was hard not to duplicate things I was grateful for. The first week was easy. I named everyone in my family, good attitudes, work jobs, then it got harder. “I’m thankful for indoor plumbing.” (I’m not sure that’s what Oprah had in mind, but if you’ve been camping…you know what I mean.)

What can you be grateful for this year? I challenge everyone to find a place to jot down things you’re grateful for - things that make you happy and content with your life. Even if you feel that you were given the raw end of the stick, there should be something you’re thankful for like shoes, a hat, people who are willing to share what they have. Each day write down three things. Keep the list going until Thanksgiving. Then on Thanksgiving, go back through what you have written. You don’t have to share what you wrote unless you want to. 

With that much positive energy, it can’t help but creep into other parts of your life. What if you smiled at the veteran at Hannaford or held the door for a woman loaded with packages at the town hall? Create gratitude and pass that good feeling on to your fellow man.

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