Taking stock: What do I have to be thankful for?

Taking stock: What do I have to be thankful for?

Mt. Cheam Sunrise


I clicked through a link on a friend’s Facebook post to see one of the most inspiring videos I have ever seen (see below).


For those of you who may have seen this before, it’s worth seeing again as a reminder, because if you’re like me, our daily trials and worries tend to monopolize our thoughts and time.


We need to see something like this video once in a while as a reminder of what is important and what we should be thankful for.


This video made me sit and think about what I have instead of my habitual train of thought – what I don’t have.

I confess, I’m as guilty as the next person for concentrating on the negative at the expense of a lack of appreciation for the positive things in my life.

As I sit here looking out my glass deck doors to the mountains, backlit with the sun rising behind them, I ponder, and these are the things that pop easily into my head.


I’m thankful for…


be thankful for

We need to be thankful for what we have, and not worry about what we don’t have.

My family – my husband and kids, and the humor filling our household when we’re not preoccupied with the negative – and without whom, I can’t image what my life would be like.


Our home – our great big, warm, lived-in house with the lovely view of the mountains. Although it could use some work and is never completely clean, I see the love, activity, companionship in every little speck of dust that is stirred up, and the nose and paw prints from our wonderful pets on the glass doors, silhouetted against the rising morning sun.


Our pets – who have been my solace when home alone during the rough times, almost sensing when I need the solace and spending time with me in the simplest of ways.


Everything else – is just filler, things that keep me occupied (and preoccupied), causing me to not fully appreciate what I do have.



Published by Christine Blythe

A fifties' child, mom, wife, avid genealogy researcher, web contributor and author/owner of four blogs including Empty Nest Ancestry, Feathering the Empty Nest, Top Web Blog Tips, Job Bully, and our extensive family genealogy database site at Blythe Genealogy.

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