“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.”
– Ralph H. Blum

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought it only fitting to write about what I am thankful for and why they or it means so much to me.


My phone is probably the most juvenile thing I can say. Hear me out though. My phone has given me the ability to stay connected with my friends throughout moving so much. As well as giving me an outlet for anxiety, and not to mention that we now have all of the information we will ever need at the tips of our fingers.


It’s obvious that I wouldn’t be here without my parents. They didn’t simply give me the gift of life. They have taught me countless valuable life lessons that molded me into who I am today. Over the past few years, I have seen my siblings grow into a strong support group. My family has moved a lot and each move I have seen us get closer and closer.


I cannot stress the importance of support. Whether it be friends, family or someone of professional nature like a counselor. The support in my life is a beautiful thing. The friends that I do have -although few in numbers- are genuinely some of the best people I have ever met. Their constant support means the world to me and I would not be who I am today without them.


Food, water, gas, internet, etc. all little things that I take for granted on a daily basis. For a while food was the enemy in my mind. Recently I have been able to see how blessed I am to have food and how it is fuel for my body. All I have to do is take a few steps and I have water either hot or cold. I’m always surrounded by either heating or air conditioning. I live such a comfortable life and often am not even aware of it. 

It’s easy to be thankful on a day where it is surrounding us. The challenge is being thankful day in and day out. On the easiest and hardest days of the year, there is always something to be thankful for.

So now I challenge you to write down a few things you are thankful for. Keep to you yourself, share it with the world, do whatever you want with it. I only ask one thing, continue in that mindset. A daunting task but a doable one. Happy Thanksgiving!

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