In light of Thanksgiving Day, I thought it would be nice for all of us to reflect on what we are thankful for. It seems cliché, but sometimes, the cliché things are the most true.
For quite some time now, I’ve heard the phrase “be thankful for what you have” one too many times, even if it’s not Thanksgiving. I understand the idea that we need to be thankful, but sometimes this phrase frustrates me because it makes me feel like people are undermining the problems in my life. Let me be honest here--I complain...a lot. Anyone who knows me will say that I complain more than I really need to. And the worst part is, I realize that I should complain less, but I can’t stop myself. I find myself blowing everything out of proportion and ranting about anything. And when someone tells me to be grateful for what I have, I get annoyed. Yet, sometime in the past two weeks, my opinion on this phrase has changed.
It all started about a week ago, on a Tuesday night, when one of my friends decided to hold an event where we did a session of “Thankful meditation.” That night, I was really stressed, and I thought the event would just be a waste. But once we finished, I felt more enlightened than I had in a long time. I realized a lot about all the simple things I have in my life to give thanks for. That week was by far the most stressful week I’ve had in school, with 3 major assignments due, and 2 all nighters in a row. At the end of the week, though, I remember feeling so content with my life that I barely complained. Every one of those nights, I wrote in my journal of thanks 5 things that I was grateful for each night. At the end of the week, when I reflected on these, I felt so happy with where I was in life and who I was. There was so much that I had to be grateful for, and ever since last Tuesday, I’m glad I’ve taken the opportunity to reflect on everything I love about my life.
Now, with Thanksgiving having just passed, I urge all of you readers to reflect back on your life and what you’re thankful for. No matter how small, take the time to remember all that you have accomplished in life; all that you have which makes you who you are. Be appreciative.