The last Thursday of November is a day devoted to being filled with thankfulness and finding the good in others. As a resident of the Metro East St. Louis community, in this week of Thanksgiving 2014, the local events are a stark reminder of how many people are neither thankful nor devoted to recognizing the good in others.
Last week I read an article that stayed with me long after I turned off the computer. The author encouraged her readers to keep a gratitude journal—write down one thing a day for which you are grateful. It doesn’t mean long, complicated soul searching confessions. Just a simple acknowledgement of things for which you are grateful. And this means you need to find things to be grateful for even on your worst days.
The theory is that by looking for things for which to be thankful, we will actually see that our lives are filled to overflowing with people, events, possessions —large and small— that should make us realize how blessed we are. Continue reading