THANK YOU! These two words are very important to me. In my short years on earth, I have learnt that being grateful will not only free me from stress, but will take me a very long way in life. I cannot count how many times I whisper a “thank you” a day. As a christian, I always thank God every moment I get. I wake up everyday with a ‘thank you’ to God for making me see another day. Even on days when I am very exhausted and don’t know how to pray, I find myself just saying ‘thank you’ repeatedly. I thank God for a new day, provision or lack thereof, the people in my life, blessings and for letting His will be done in my life. To me, ‘thank you’ takes away the sense of entitlement, reminding me that I don’t deserve anything that I have; it gives me some sense of humility.
What I am wearing: Shoes – old | Sweater & bag – local boutique | Pants – old (similar here)
In this holiday season, there is no more perfect time to show gratitude than at Thanksgiving. They say Christmas is a time for reconciliation, but I think that reconciliation begins at Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the first holiday of the year where families usually come together from far and wide to dine. So, this is the perfect moment to take advantage of this opportunity and let your friends and family know how much you are grateful to have them in your lives. Ok I will start…
I want to say ‘thank you’ to God for my friends. I have the best support system! I have so many friends turned sisters and brothers who have dealt with- and tolerated my shenanigans for decades. I never miss an opportunity to tell them how much I love and appreciate them.
I want to say ‘thank you’ to God everyday for my family. I have some of the most wonderful parents I have ever known (of course, they are my parents :)). I am very grateful to God for placing me in such a wonderful family made up of kind-hearted parents and siblings.
I want to say ‘thank you’ to God for all the opportunities that I have had in life. I am always reminded of how far I have come and I say ‘thank you’ to God even for things that didn’t go my way. I pray to remain forever grateful no matter the circumstances as my act of gratitude defines my level of humility.
If you are still not a fan of saying ‘thank you’ all the time. Let me refer you to this article, which further elaborates the benefits of gratitude. To summarize, grateful people have better psychological and physical health, sleep and high self esteem. Grateful people have more empathy and easily make new relationships.
Today, I want to say ‘thank you’ to God, my village and supporters. I am so grateful for where I am in life and where I am yet to be. How often do you say ‘thank you’? What are you grateful for? Just say ‘THANK YOU’!