This past weekend was thanksgiving up here in Canada. It was truly a beautiful time of getting together with family. I know that this is going to be a ‘typical thanksgiving” post on thankfulness but a conversation that I had with my boss prompted me to write about it.
I work with a man that was adopted, I work with a man who lost his daughter in a car accident, I work with a man who has a down syndrome son… I work with people that have gone through a lot in life. Now there are differences in character between all of them and that is what makes them unique, but even though they aren’t believers some choose to look optimistically at life and some grumble and complain and constantly talk about other people. Now if my job is just a small reflection of the people that we walk past in everyday life that means that majority of people would not have any problem finding something to complain about. Some people choose to be pessimistic and some people choose to find joy in life.
If you remember back to that story that I wrote about Maria, it’s those types of stories that make you think about how good we have it. I don’t know where you are reading this blog from but where I live it’s not generally our lives that are under attack it is our morals… and yes as Canadians there are things that we need to fight against but we still have a very peaceful land and a place that has freedom. I am not living in constant fear for my life and my families lives… I am not wondering where my next meal is coming from… I am not being forced to work… I am not split up from my family because of war. Really thing only thing Manitobans can complain about (and really tend to take advantage of it) is the weather. My boss said, “Ya we have it pretty good. Our village isn’t being threatened by hurricanes and such… to bad if cable TV is out for you because of a snow storm, read a book.” Honestly we have very little to complain about and very much to be thankful for.
Anyone could let life get to them. Bottle up bitterness… I’ve been there more than once. You could look at your past and say “Oh poor me! --fill in the blank--” flop to the ground and live in a self-induced depression for the rest of your short life here on earth. Sometimes it’s very hard to realize, but life does go on. Giving of yourself to someone else is sometimes the best ways to be awakened to how blessed you are, not necessarily just with material processions but also for spiritual life and the blessings that Jesus has given us... being thankful for the time you have been given. Thanksgiving is once a year but the practice of being thankful is a every-minute-of-your-life commitment that is worth making.