Just Be Thankful

Thanksgiving, gratitude, philosophy, humor, Modern PhilosopherIt really is a very simple concept, Modern Philosophers…

Just be thankful!

It’s almost ridiculous that we need a holiday to remind us to express our gratitude, but I don’t mind being nudged towards a certain emotion as long as there’s stuffing and pie involved.

Honestly, though, how hard is it to be thankful?  I know life can be stressful and overwhelming at times, but no matter how rough it gets, there’s always something for which we can be thankful.

The mere fact that you are reading this post means you have your health, access to the internet, and some decent taste ( Ha, ha!).  Be thankful for that!

Last night, after a long day at work, I drained my bank account a bit by making the mortgage payment.

There are so many things in that sentence which could elicit complaining and bring on a stress attack.  You know what I did after making my mortgage payment?  I turned to the kitty, who was curled up next to me on the couch, and I told her, “Looks like we get to live here for another month!”

I’m not sure my cat even acknowledged my existence in that moment, let alone my words, but the fact that I chose gratitude rather than negativity made me happy.  So I pet my little purr ball, and didn’t give a thought to how much money had just left my account.

I used to be the poster boy for stress.  I was constantly bitching about my life, but doing nothing to make it better.  I’d rather rant and rave about how I was getting screwed over, than take a breath and consider all that was right in my world.

Needless to say, I was very unhappy.

Thanksgiving, gratitude, philosophy, humor, Modern PhilosopherThis morning, I went for my usual run.  It was very cold, there was frost on the ground, and the road was slippery, but all I could think about was how beautiful the sky was, how glad I was that I was motivated to run, and how lucky I was to have a warm home waiting for me.

I’ve never been a fan of having to work a full day before Thanksgiving, but this morning, I was happy to go to work.  When I arrived, there was a text from a coworker advising me to show up for work hungry.

When I entered the break room, there were two pies on the table, and a note thanking us for our hard work.  When I got to my office, there was a breakfast casserole and homemade oatmeal cookies waiting to reward me for showing up hungry.

My coworkers were laughing, everyone was in a good mood, and there was music playing.  Ever since changing positions in July, I’ve been much happier with the job that pays the bills until I can write full time.

Sure, I’m not thrilled that I’m not a successful writer yet, but I’m thankful that this new position came along to make my days brighter, less stressful, and more rewarding.

Tomorrow, I’ll spend Thanksgiving alone.  Man, did that used to bother me.  Now, however, I genuinely look forward to it.  I’ve got a day of delicious meals planned, writing to do, football to watch, and a quiet house in which to enjoy all of it.

I’m thankful that the dark clouds that used to follow me everywhere rarely make an appearance.  I’m grateful that somewhere along the line, I decided to take a more positive approach to life.

Thanksgiving, gratitude, philosophy, humor, Modern PhilosopherYeah, my life’s not perfect.  Yet.

I’m thankful that I believe I will achieve everything I want in life.  And I’m grateful that I have the wisdom to turn my past failures and shortcomings into the fuel that drives me to reach my goals.

Happy Thanksgiving!  Hope you all have an awesome holiday…

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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11 Responses to Just Be Thankful

  1. D. Parker says:

    Wishing you a Thanksgiving to be thankful for, except if you’re a turkey. 😉
    Happy Thanksgiving, Austin!!!

  2. beth says:

    happy thanksgiving, Austin and ‘yet’ is key –

  3. markbialczak says:

    In this grand scheme of life, Austin, you are indeed a successful writer as we give our thanks today. Enjoy your bounty of food and football, my friend. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Mary-Anne says:

    I am thankful that I know you. 🏈🍁🎁🦃

  5. jilldennison says:

    I do love your positive attitude! More of us need to think that way! Happy rather late Thanksgiving!

  6. AAristizabal says:

    Lovely post. It is great to remember that, no matter our struggles, we will always have something to be grateful for: our life, our mortgages (yes, I do the very same thing you did when I pay my mortgage), our tax-paying jobs, our health, our comforts…the sky…our loved ones…just go on, and you will find many, many things 🙂

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