The Art of Thankfulness

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I like to think of thankfulness as an art form.  Something I continually work on and strive for.  To be honest, it’s not something that comes naturally to me. It’s a state of mind I’m working on.

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This Thanksgiving being thankful means so much more to me than it ever has.  It’s something that has been continually on my mind.  When I’m feeling down or have a bad memories go through my mind I continuously try to replace that thought with something I’m thankful for.

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We have so many things to be thankful for and sometimes we just need to reminder ourselves of the many blessings we have.

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When I was in the hospital I made a list of all the blessings I could think of that were coming out of our tragedy.  I did this for a couple of reasons, one was I was afraid I would forget.  The second reason was because when I was over come with grief I wanted something tangible to look at. This was something that really helped me get though and it really lifted my spirits. At the bottom of my list I wrote this:

God has a plan! Even when we don’t understand why things happen he has a plan.  We rejoice in his blessings when we see them, but we often struggle to praise him for what we can’t see while in the midst of a hard situation.  We need to rejoice in the blessings we don’t see or understand yet.  He has a great plan for us greater than we can imagine for ourselves.

I have no memory of writing this, so I have no idea if I wrote it or if it was something I copied, heck it could have been one of the many prayers Heidi texted me.  Either way, I wrote it down at the time because it was important to me and I wanted to share.

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This year I’ve decided to add a thankful tree to my table scape.  It’s something I’ve always wanted to do but never have gotten around to it.  I printed the tags for free from jonesdesigncompany if you want to do the same.

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We filled some tags out as a family and I had so much fun reading what we all wrote down.  I loved what Beau wrote,  He is thankful for our Veterans!  That kid has a big heart and is so compassionate to others.  He is doing really good and he just graduated to 2 days a week, from 3 for therapy.  He told his therapist his next goal is 1 day a week.

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I know I’m starting to feeling better when I wanted to decorate my table for Thanksgiving.  I’m starting to feel a little more like myself again, for this I’m thankful!  I really enjoy decorating so I hope you enjoy the pictures.  It’s the little things in life, right! Now the hard part is still to come, cooking, thankfully I have my family to help.

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Happy Thanksgiving,

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Give Thanks to the Lord for he is good.  Psalm 107:1

 

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