Thanks 365 Anyway

175Some faithful readers (for whom I am thankful!) who’ve been following this blog since last fall might be familiar with the Thanks 365 page, which I started last Thanksgiving.

Feeling as if I was drowning in the waves of negativity and complaint that continually dowsed me from various sources, I resolved to record one thing I was thankful for each day, from Thanksgiving and thereafter for the next year.

It was a nice idea, but it turned out to be a turkey. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’ve been thankful every day since then, but I got out of the habit of updating the page daily. Then I got so far behind, I gave it up as a lost cause.

I considered shutting it down to hide my failure, but I’ve decided to leave it up as a tribute to good intentions never followed through. I’m not sure what the purpose of that is, unless it’s to help me from becoming too full of myself. (Take that, you whiners–I’m better than you because I’m more grateful!)

No, I’m not “better” than the complainers, but I do believe I’m happier. Not because I’m more blessed, but because I appreciate my blessings. There are still plenty of things I take for granted, though, and too many times I forget to be grateful. I think we’d all benefit from marveling at our blessings and overlooking the aspects of our lives we don’t like, rather than the other way around.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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