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Give Thanks Friday

Give Thanks Friday

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Today is give thanks Friday. What do you have to be thankful for?

I woke up bright and early this morning to a wet, grey day. But the weather didn’t put a damper on my mood. I was happy and thankful for today. Do you know why? I was excited to be getting a new work top and sink in my kitchen. I’ve waited patiently for the council to do the fittings since July.

I was eager for my new work top and shiny new sink. But I had to do some preparation last night. I spent what felt like hours emptying the cupboards  under the sink, clearing the work tops and making the kitchen ready for this morning.

This morning I paid a man to disconnect and remove the oven and hob. He turned up on time. Everything was going according to plan. I gave God thanks!

The contractor from the council was booked in for 11.00am. He was running late. At 11.45 I phoned their office to confirm he was on his way. I spoke to a lovely young lady. “Oh yes Miss Whittle. He’s definitely coming. I’ll just give him a call to nudge him. But don’t worry. He’s very efficient and should be on his way.”

Ten minutes later my mobile rang. It was that nice lady again from the contractor’s office. “Miss Whittle, I’m ever so sorry. There’s been a problem. The IT system wasn’t working this morning and your job wasn’t printed out. The contractor won’t be coming to renew your work tops and sink today. I’m so sorry!”

Frustration kicked in. My first reaction was to scream down the phone angrily at her. “What do you mean he’s not coming? Do you know what I went through last night to sort out my kitchen? Plus I paid money to have the cooker disconnected. It’s sitting in our living room. And we don’t have a cooker to use now!” But instead I said, “OK!”  And I asked her what I was supposed to do.

I was upset. I think it’s natural under the circumstances. But do you know what? I gave thanks anyway. Why? Because I’ve got a kitchen. The fact that I’ve got a kitchen means that I’ve got a roof over my head. There are millions or more homeless people out there. They have nowhere to sleep but on the streets.

Unexpected and nasty surprises happen all the time. You have to deal with them. Reacting angrily doesn’t change anything. It contributes to raising your blood pressure which leads to heart problems. So how do you deal with issues that annoy you? You give thanks.

There’s an old Victoria proverb which says, “Every cloud has a silver lining.” That means out of every bad situation, you can find something good. Look hard enough! And there’s always a lesson to be learned as well. What was my lesson this morning? I think it was patience and gratitude that I have a house. The kitchen is still functional.

Why you should give thanks?

  • There are lots of reasons why you should always give thanks. But if you can’t think of any, that you woke up this morning and can read this post is reason enough. Some people went to bed last night and didn’t wake up this morning. They died in their sleep.
  • Do you have children? Think about all the barren women and couples who would give anything to have a child. But they can’t!
  • Can you walk unaided? What about those who have to depend on wheelchairs to transport them around.
  • Have you got all your limbs? When we had the terrorist attack in London in July 2005, some people lost their legs. Then there are those born without arms or legs.
  • Can you hear and speak? I taught a class a few years ago and one of the students couldn’t hear or speak. He had to rely on a communicator to be his mouthpiece. Nevertheless, he was a happy person.
  • Do you have a meal to eat each day? Recently while I was shopping a young man approached me. He asked me to buy him a  loaf of bread a packet of cheese. He said he didn’t want money, just something to last him for the week. I bought it for him. He was really grateful. The sad thing is that he asked a lot of people in the supermarket but they ignored him.
  • Do you throw away leftover food? When I see pictures of helpless babies and children in Africa and other countries that are starving, it breaks my heart. The food you put in your bin could be someone else’s dinner for a week.
  • Do you complain when it rains? If you do please consider this. Without the rain we wouldn’t have water, fruits and food. The trees and animals need it. In countries where they don’t get much rainfall, food doesn’t grow and people starve. Be thankful for the rain.
  • Have you got a terminal disease? Watching someone close to you die of cancer is heart-breaking. I’ll never forget seeing my dad changing from a strong man into a vegetable because of prostate cancer. Listening to him cry because of the agony he was in was painful for me. But there was nothing I could do about it. However, I thank God for the years I shared with my dad and for the memories I will always treasure.

There are many more reasons why you should give thanks. I’m sure you can think of some. So make it a habit to do that. You’ll appreciate others more. When you have a heart of gratitude, you’ll have compassion for those less well off than yourself. Giving thanks will promote inner joy and you’ll appreciate the wonderful gift of life.

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Are you someone who always give thanks? Do you think it’s a good habit to develop? Please share your comments in the box below. If you enjoyed this post consider sharing the love with your friends on Twitter, Facebook and other social media.

June

About June

June Whittle is the founder of Miraculous Ladies, an author, freelance copywriter and professional blogger for hire. She works with small businesses, bloggers and individuals. She is also an author of a self-help and autobiography book “Deep Within my Soul: Hope after abuse”. Miraculous means extraordinary and Lady is a polite or formal way of referring to an amazing woman. That's you. You're a beautiful, strong, incredible, dynamic and powerful woman. Live your dreams. "If you can dream it, you can do it." ~ Walt Disney

    6 Comments

  1. Born in a country where IST (Indian Standard Time) actually is widely accepted as Indian Stretchable Time so if you have a guest, visitor or Customer turning out in time does it not become a moral obligation to say Thank you?
    I took my wife (USA citizen) to open her bank account and the first question the Bank Manager asked was, Why you want to open an account? the account was opened after a lot of paper-works. I still don’t know who to thank our fate or the manager?
    There are many such the list is endless
    Well Thank you is a part and parcel of our life, you just have to find an opportunity

    sanjoy dutt

    06/09/2013

    • You’re so right Sanjoy. The list is endless and thankfulness should be part and parcel of life. Unfortunately a lot of people grumble so much, they forget how to give thanks. But a simple thing like watching a bee suck pollen from a plant is enough to be thankful for. Just seeing nature in action and being able to see is a joy in itself.

      Thanks so much for commenting. I appreciate it. Have a great weekend. 🙂

      junie junie

      06/09/2013

  2. Hi June,

    Oh yes…this is the very first lesson we teach our kid’s – to say thank you 🙂

    There are so-so many things we need to be grateful for that my list would literally be an endless one. I think if you have a heart filled with gratitude, you’ll always be thankful for the smallest of things that happen in your life.

    This is exactly what I tell my children too. See all that He’s given you, look around the misery around you and feel happy and grateful for His mercy and all that He has given you. Just the simple fact that we are alive, well, and living is a miracle, and this we get up to see every morning, don’t we.

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful post with us. Have a lovely weekend 🙂
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    Harleena

    07/09/2013

    • Hi Harleena,

      It’s so, so important to teach our kids to always say thank you. That was instilled in me since I was a child and now I naturally do it. It’s also a type of respect. 🙂

      Yes I agree Harleena! We should always be thankful for what we’ve got, whether it’s a lot or not much. Every morning when I wake up, before I even get out of my bed, I give God thanks for my life and my family’s lives. Life is a wonderful miracle and we should always give thanks for it.

      Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it! 🙂

      junie junie

      07/09/2013

  3. Hi June,

    I thank God every single day just to be alive and well. I have a whole list I go down every single day and then as I turn in for the night I thank him again.

    We do have so many things to be grateful for but at the same time I would have made that company schedule that man out anyway because if they wanted to treat their customers the way they’re suppose to be treated then they would have scheduled him even if it were after hours because it was their mistake. You don’t have to get upset about it to have things done the right way but I totally get the point you’re trying to make about being thankful you even had a kitchen for them to be late getting to.

    Thank you for your list though June and sharing this with us because I think that a lot of people never think about these things until they don’t have them. That’s not when you should start.

    Hope all goes well for you next week young lady.

    ~Adrienne
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    Adrienne

    08/09/2013

    • Hi Adrienne,

      It’s a lovely feeling to thank God for the gift of life. It’s so precious and we realize it even more after we lose someone close to us. But it should be a natural thing to do.

      That company made me feel totally drained on Friday. They didn’t even call me back to reschedule another appointment for the work to be carried out. It was a stressful day. I didn’t mention that the receptionist/planner also put the phone down on me when I called to find out what was going on. But you know what? I strongly believe that what you sow is what you will reap. She treated me appallingly and I wouldn’t be surprised if someone else did the same to her. But I’m not into taking revenge. I told my daughter that we should give thanks. Because like I said we’ve actually got a kitchen, even though at the moment we’re cooking on a hot plate! 🙂

      Giving thanks keeps me in the right frame of mind.

      I hope so too Adrienne. It’s a new week and I’m full of expectations that everything will work out well.

      Have a blessed week. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

      junie junie

      08/09/2013

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