Thanksgiving is just ahead which means plump and juicy turkeys on tables adorned with fine China, family gathered around sharing laughter and smiles, and, if you’re into it, one of the biggest and most anticipated football games of the season (other than the Super Bowl, of course). But it also means something else. It means remembering our blessings…the things that we are thankful for.
A lot of people like to complain about their lives, sharing their stories of how things are going wrong or at least not going the way they’d like. Heck, just go through popular social media platforms like Facebook and you will find plenty of people unhappy with their personal lives, their careers, their family, and more. There are many people dissatisfied with the world around them and they’re more than willing to share this negativity with anyone who will take the time to listen.
I look at our energy like a pizza pie, made up of slices of positive and negative energy. When you get a pizza, there are only so many pieces, right? Well, for every piece that is negative (think of it as a piece that has ingredients you don’t like), that is one piece that can’t be positive (containing all of the ingredients you love on your pie).
As an example then, if your pie has eight pieces and two are negative, then you’re only going to get six positive pieces. Or, worse yet, if your pie has four negative pieces, that only leaves only four pieces loaded with the items that make your mouth water at the thought. You’re wasting half your pie! You’re leaving it there on the table which means that you’re not going to be able to enjoy it…and you’re going to be hungrier sooner than if the whole thing was positive.
Well, the same is true when it comes to life. The more negativity you leave on the table, the more you throw out into the world, the less room you have for the positive things, the things that fill your tummy and make you feel all satisfied and warm.
Everyone has blessings in their lives that they can be thankful for, no matter what their particular situation. You have a spouse? That’s a blessing because you have someone to go through life with that loves you and cares for you. You have your health? That’s a blessing because you’re able to get through your days without being in pain. You have gas in your car? That’s much better than having to walk wherever you go. You’re collecting unemployment? That sure beats having no money coming into your household at all.
Many people don’t have any of these things which can help remind us that we often don’t have it as bad as we sometimes feel. Just walk into a cancer ward or a hospice center and you’ll quickly realize that, while life may not be exactly as you’d like it, it could always be worse. A lot worse, in fact.
By living a life where you’re thankful for the things you have, it changes your view from one of black and white to one of pure color. Sure, no one’s life is perfect, but the more you focus on your blessings, the more they will come. It’s like self-generating energy that, when thrown out into the world, comes back to you even stronger than when it left your hands.
This Thanksgiving, think about the things that you’re thankful for, even writing them down if you’d like. Remember these on days when you feel like your life is lacking and you’ll never go hungry again because your pie will be completely loaded with all of the tasty ingredients you could ever want…and then some.