What Are You Thankful For?

Screen Shot 2016-01-31 at 12.48.23 PMSo I’ve been waiting for inspiration; waiting for my muse.  I had my positive message (Abraham Hicks) going while I’m riding the stationary bike, doing foot rehab, and I decided to write about gratitude.  I don’t want to sound boastful, but I do have a lot to be thankful for.  Besides Joysealife isn’t just about fishing, it’s about having a joyful life, and nothing makes you happier than being thankful.

Just recently I went onto Facebook and there was a friend of mine posting a picture of what I initially thought was my stove with the caption “tag someone who would love this oven in their kitchen.”  Turns out that it’s not my exact stove, but it’s very similar.  It’s sobering when you realize that the kitchen you have, is someone else’s dream kitchen.

I’ve come to realize that no matter what you’re going through, someone else has always been through worse and that there’s always something to be thankful for.  Even my broken foot has come with it’s positives.  It has given me a lot of time for reflection, a chance for meditation, and a greater appreciation for my husband who brought me coffee in bed for months.  Another friend asked how I was doing, and I was saying,  “I’ve been a little tired; how are you?”  She said she was still tired (from donating a kidney to her son).  The biggest difference to me is that she volunteered to donate a kidney and she was back at work.  Meanwhile, I’ve been able to sleep when I’m tired.  I’m thankful to have friends like her, that are strong and inspirational.  I’m thankful to be spending the winter where it’s warm and green.  Trying to walk again has been hard, but it’s been warm and I’m surrounded by beauty.

My sister has a favorite saying of “I’ll be happy when I get this bear trap off my arm.”  Which is just her way of saying that we can always find some kind of a bear trap and that if we are going to wait for it to be gone to be happy, we might not ever be happy.

I remember my father worrying about having enough to retire, and I thought; when the day comes that a dentist can’t afford to retire, we’ll have civil unrest.  No one knows what the future holds, but I think the next crash will give us the opportunity to improve our system, so it works better for more of us.

I’ve wasted a lot of time worrying, and I’ve never been without.  I’ve always had the things I need, and I’ve been exceedingly blessed, or lucky, if you prefer.  Don’t let anything keep you from enjoying what you already have to be thankful for.  The best is yet to come in a joy sea life.