10 Things To Be Thankful For This Year

The holiday season always makes me reflect. Holidays bring about thoughts of family, friends, work, and life in general. There’s always something to reflect upon.

This Thanksgiving holiday is no different. We’re one day away from spending time with family, friends, or alone. Ouch, if you’re in that last category.

Yet, we all must regularly reflect, even more so around the major holiday. When we reflect, we are able to see what’s important to us, how we’ve spent our days, and more.

Today, I want to reflect upon gratitude. There are so many things that we can choose to be grateful for. We only have to decide to do so.

10 Things To Be Thankful For This Year

1. Friends:

We all have people in our lives that shape us and change us. Our friends can do this to us more than anyone else.

Be grateful and thankful for the friends in your life. These people choose to spend time with you. They decide to pour their time and energy into you.

Friends are something to be thankful for.

2. Family:

Whether chosen or blood, family is important. They show us who we are, what we could become, and who we don’t want to be.

Spend time with your family this season. Show them you care.

3. Health:

Your health may not be the best, yet your health is also better than someone else’s. There’s always someone in a worse situation than you.

I think back to last year when I was struggling with COVID-19. I would have done anything to feel better. Today, I’m thankful I’m healthier than last year.

Your health is important. Work on it and be thankful for it.

4. Accomplishments:

We’ve all done so much this past year. Maybe it’s leading your team to new achievements, finding a new job, or releasing a book.

Me, I’m thankful for the opportunity to launch Reel Leadership. To have my book out in the world helping leaders lead through movies is something I never thought would happen.

You’ve accomplished much this year. Be thankful!

5. Nature:

I know not everyone is a nature lover, but without nature, we wouldn’t be here. There’s so much beauty and joy that can be found in nature.

There are fantastic hiking trails, beautiful bodies of water, and more. Get outside and see what there is.

Be thankful for the beauty that is all around us.

6. Technology:

Technology is that double-edged sword. There are a lot of negative things that can come from technology, including disconnection.

Yet, I believe technology has been a huge asset to humanity. We’ve connected with others, developed new ways of learning and doing business, and more.

Technology is something to be thankful for.

7. Pets:

If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, you know how much I do with my dog, Lok. We go on runs regularly. He loves hitting the trails. And he loves going for a car ride to grab coffee at Aldea.

Pets bring joy and happiness to our lives. They’re like children, especially to those who cannot have children.

Be thankful for your pets!

8. Kindness of others:

We’ve all experienced the kindness of a stranger. We may not realize it, but we have.

People don’t have to be kind. They can treat others however they want.

But when a stranger shows an act of kindness, that’s something special.

Remember the time a stranger has been kind. Be thankful for it.

9. Good books/movies/entertainment:

There’s no shortage of good books, movies, music, etc., out there. Engaging in entertainment is freeing. It helps us connect to others and realize what others go through.

Find a good book, movie, or other forms of media to engage in. Be thankful for the time you have to enjoy it.

10. Jesus Christ:

It’s no secret that I’m a Christian. I believe Jesus came and died for our sins.

If you’ve accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you have something to be eternally grateful for. You have hope of eternal life.

Find thankfulness in Jesus’ gift to you.

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