Thanksgiving in America is an important holiday and tradition. Although the holiday is this Thursday, I post this walk in the spirit of the season. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
Not only am I lucky to walk this beach as a snowbird, I’m also thankful for the opportunity of our time away from the cold north. Even when it is cold along the northern Gulf coast, it is warmer than at home. From that perspective, I’m thankful.
To me, thankfulness is an expression of gratitude and/or appreciation. It’s a credit and respect – an acknowledgment – a positive message or sign of indebtedness through a personal reflection.
Thankfulness is a quality – a returned kindness – a blessing to give back for receiving. After all, thankfulness in both directions makes us happy.
Thankfulness involves people. I think of the workers at the grocery store who smile and engage in small conversations while genuinely helping.
I am thankful for ideas someone has put into action so life can be easier. Someone got the idea to have levers on doors instead of knobs, which life easier for everyone – therefore, we should be grateful for all the people involved in the history of levers.
I am thankful for little things – unexpected smiles, friendly hellos from strangers, politeness, positive attitudes, respect, kindness, pleasant memories, good conversations, good people, and unexpected emails, texts, and phone calls from others because they were thinking of me.
I am thankful that I believe the majority of the world is good. Life can easily make us negative. After all, humanity has a way of accentuating the negative. The dark side has a way of taking the positive for granted while emphasizing the negative because of selfishness.
I am thankful for what I’ve done well with the most important decision in life – who do I choose to be in my circle of friends? Part of that may be luck, but in life, our personal choices of others have much to say about us.
I am thankful for being able to travel. Not only for being able to do so but for embracing what it does to me. Travel gives me a greater appreciation for history, culture, and people and – what I’ve learned about other people, places, and things as well as myself.
I am thankful for pets. They love us, our presence, and what we do for them. I think about Jeremy, our first cat. He would come to the door to greet us upon returning from work. He would patiently wait by the chair for one of us to take a seat – then jump into our lap for the evening while purring away. And we were very thankful for his thankfulness.
I’m thankful for eating bananas daily. We are fortunate to have easy access to this fruit – and at an inexpensive cost. Yet, as I think about bananas, I wonder how many people were involved in getting that banana from the tree to me. All the hands along the way, each pair yearning for their pay – something they are willing to accept to improve their life.
After I left teaching many years ago, the list of thankfulness could be lengthy. People asked me what I missed about teaching. Although teaching has its share of negatives, I always mention positive interactions with positive people because I am very thankful for those interactions.
I am thankful for the things we take for granted, such as medicine, the ability to heal, music, flowers, food, water, air, sunrises and sunsets, community, biological diversity, and more.
I am thankful for the many memories. People that I’ve known throughout my life. People from long ago who are either gone or whereabouts unknown. The smells I recall from meals and delightful wines – the moments in time that stick with us, plus the people, places, and things associated with that moment.
I am thankful for the unexpected smiles from strangers, the opening and closing of doors, and people insisting you go first for whatever reason.
I am happy and thankful, but I wonder. Does thankfulness make us happy or does happiness make us thankful? But this also makes me wonder about the conflict between wants and needs, plus giving and taking.
I am thankful for the smells here at the beach and the pleasant hellos from some I pass. Not all do so, but I tend to focus more on the pleasantries than the negatives.
I am thankful for the beach and want it gives me – the sand, breezes, waves, sounds, smells, sky, clouds, and the sun – the shells on the beach and watching the various seabirds go about their daily business of life in a different way than the others.
I end this walk looking at the buildings on the beach and realizing everything in those units connects to people. Life involves its share of luck, yet each of us is only on this planet for a short time. So, thank you for the many gifts and little things. I’m also thankful that I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
See what other bloggers have posted about Thankful
- Thankful for Friends (a personal essay)
- Gratitude is the Key (a personal essay)
- Aging Gracefully: Thankfulness (a personal essay)
- The Life-Changing Impact of Thankfulness (a personal essay)
- In Defense of Thanksgiving (a personal essay)
- Thanksgiving Harvest (a photo essay with written thoughts)
- Some Thanksgiving Humor (collection of photos)
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