For the month of November I thought it would be appropriate to list all the things that I am grateful for in life. Often times our minds are stuck on what we don’t have and what we want. We frequently forget what we DO have. The sort of things that others pray to have.
People reaching their mid-twenties are pressured by society to “get their stuff together.” Especially if they do not have a family already in the works or a steady job. I know I can speak for our fellow “late bloomers” that God has plans for us that we cannot foresee and the world can not foresee.
Despite knowing that and having officially reached a quarter of a century, I still feel a desperate need for change in my life. For the past few months I have been working on transitioning within my career and going through the process of advancing my educational level. In hopes for a better change.
As you can imagine my mind is going through a semi-stressful time where I frequently examine my life in what I don’t have and what I want to work towards getting. It has become discouraging on the spirit and of the heart. So, in honor of this Thanksgiving month I am choosing to change my perspective, embrace all that I have taken for granted and count my blessings. Below is my gratitude list.
I am thankful for…
- Our God: first and foremost, He has given me everything that my selfish self does not deserve.
- My family: through thick and thin, they are always there for me.
- My mother: she always cares for me more than I care for myself.
- My dog: he loves cuddles and always happy to see me after a long day of work. He is my instant mood booster.
- My faith communities: Not everyone has a faith group that helps them grow in the faith or is supported on a spiritual level like I have. I am very blessed to be apart of three!
- My little siblings: both by blood and not blood-related. They remind me to stay grounded and to be the best person/big sister I can be.
- My job: I have been very fortunate to always be employed in the social services fields that I am most interested in advancing in.
- My education: I have been very privileged to have been able to pursue and finish a Bachelors, let alone achieving two of them.
- Financial support: I am blessed to have my basic needs met without worry.
- Means of transportation: I am very lucky to own a new car and to be close to paying it all off
- Access to technology: I have a my own laptop and smartphone, I am connected 24hrs a day! Talk about spoiled!
After writing and looking at this list I’ve realized how ungrateful I have become in these last few months. God is probably looking down shaking his head at how thankless I have become. It certainly changes your perspective. I encourage you to create a gratitude list of your own. Share the phenomenon. The joy will spread within your workplace, home and friend’s circle. It can turn a negative environment into a positive one. For gratitude turns what we have into enough.