I am having a go at the Britmums prompt on giving thanks rather late this week as I felt anything but thankful earlier in the week.
I started considering this post by looking at what other people have said about thankfulness.
“Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.” -Albert Schweitzer
I liked the above quote because not only does it gives hope on dark days but also enables us to realise that we can be the light-giver sometimes even if it is just by sharing our experiences. This week, I have read blogs about how mums who have experienced premature babies are now reaching out to others and offering information and back-up. Wonderful stuff.
I also think it is relevant to how people are digging deep this year when times are hard for so many to help Children in Need.
In both these situations, someone decides to do something proactive and great things happen.
So I am thankful for people who say “This is really not good enough” and instead of just complaining, do something themselves to campaign, to raise money and awareness.
“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” -Buddha
I wish I had found Buddha’s quote earlier in the week when I had the blues. It appears I was not alone with many bloggers seeming to go downhill a bit emotionally and the talk on the telly being about November and how the darker days seem to affect mood.
Perhaps sometimes we just expect way too much not only of our days but also of ourselves. Today, I went out with my family and we indulged in very simple pleasures. A breakfast in a greasy spoon, a raid on various charity shops and having a go on a tombola. No big deal and yet we had a very happy day.
I am thankful for waking up to the fact that life is actually just fine even if my dozy brain tries to convince me otherwise sometimes.
Which of the quotes do you like best and what are you thanking your lucky stars for today?
Originally posted 2011-11-19 19:43:48.