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Being Thankful – No Matter What the Weather’s Like

Being Thankful – No Matter What the Weather’s Like

I’m finding that with the extreme cold that we have been experiencing this winter that it’s really not much fun going outside.

I do try – I get all bundled up, put on a hat (which I hate wearing by the way), a scarf and warm gloves and head outside only to stand there and spend my time thinking how much I can’t wait to get back inside.  

Once I’m back inside, I complain about how cold it is outside and how I can’t wait for the warmer weather to come.

I am so looking forward to watching the snow melt and hearing it starting to run into the sewers.  For me, this is really the first sign of spring.

As I was thinking about this I thought to myself – how sad is this. 

Here I am wishing my time away waiting for something better to come along (warmer weather) rather than just being grateful for what I have right now.  

Rather than feeling thankful for the warmth of the house that I get to live in, the beauty of the ice on the trees or the comfort food that I really enjoy eating this time of year, I’m moping around and wanting it to end as fast as it came and feeling sorry for myself in the process as I bore people by continually asking why we live in this climate.

As I thought about this, I was reminded of a poem that I read a while back and thought that in these cold winter days may be a good thing to pull it out and focus on what is really important.  

Here it is;

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.

~ Author Unknown ~

On this note, I am thankful for all the seasons – even the really, really cold ones!  Stay warm everyone!

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