Giving Thanks

Today is Thanksgiving in Canada – a time to reflect on what we are thankful for in our lives. Today I share with you what I am thankful for:

When I think on what I am thankful for, the first thing that comes to mind is my my small family: my husband and children. Their love surrounds me each day, often making me smile or just giving me comfort with their presence. I bask in their unconditional love and look forward to seeing them at the end of each day. I am thankful for a husband who loves me completely and who treats me with respect. I am thankful for children wish to spend time with me and who acknowledge the wisdom of their parents.

I am grateful as well for my home and the haven it offers me at the end of each workday. It is a space that we have made comfortable for ourselves, a space that we all wish to spend time in. I am pleased that we live in a safe environment and that I need have no fear of being attacked. I am grateful that our home is warm during the winter and that it contains everything that we need to be comfortable. I am thankful that we live near all that we need: supermarkets, a fruit and vegetable shop, the library, the post office, public transport.

I often give thanks for my health and the health of my family. I see people struggling to walk, or looking unwell, and my gratefulness increases. I am still able to walk and run, breathe in deeply and live everyday without taking any medication. My children have no health issues and my husband still has all his health.

Lastly I am thankful that we have enough: enough to eat, enough to pay the bills, enough to do things from time to time that give us enjoyment.

What are you thankful for?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

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26 thoughts on “Giving Thanks

  1. My little family always comes to my mind every day as well when I do my grateful list Colline. Lovely post hon and thanks for sharing. 😀 *big hugs*

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    1. It certainly is a time when we are encouraged to spend time with our loved ones. It is this which I enjoy most about these holidays and the ones that come later on in the year.

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  2. A bonus of being a Canadian living in the US is the two thanksgiving principle!
    Unfortunately, now Thanksgiving in the US is measured by how much shopping you can get done. Now, stores are opening on Thanksgiving Day, just in time to wear off the sleepies from a big meal. Such a shame, really, when what you’re thankful for is a bargain for Aunt Suzie and snagging that designer sweater for your friend, Jean.
    Of course, there are those, myself included, who don’t think of shopping and Thanksgiving in the same nano-second.
    Thanksgiving is for sharing: sharing what we feel thankful for, and if we can, sharing of ourselves, our time, our money so that others can feel thankful, too.

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    1. I do prefer your thoughts of what Thanksgiving should be to those who focus on the shopping. It is a pity when a celebration that is meant to bring families together has been hijacked by commercialism.

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  3. Thank you Colline for reminding me that all we need is the basics in life to be happy and that our good health and family is what we must be most grateful for. It is far too easy to take for granted, what others only wish they had.

    Paying the bills, is of course, good too! LOL 🙂

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    1. Sometimes we do take the little things in life for granted Darlene. However, if we look around with open eyes we do see reminders in the people who have not received what we have.

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