Thanksgiving Therapy

Thankfulness is a stepping stone to a better life.  I’m glad we have a Thanksgiving holiday.
Without it, many people would never even think about being thankful.

Thanklessness is a terrible thing.  I believe it is one of the leading causes of depression today.

If we were to take all the people who are on antidepressants and spend thousands of dollars on “therapists” and made them review, every day, a long list of everything they have to be thankful for, I believe many of them would soon dump the pills and the shrinks for a happier new way of life.

Every morning, I take my “therapy” walk. I walk and I talk, to God.

It always starts out the same way, “thank you Lord”, and then I go down my mental list of things to be grateful for. Often something comes to mind that surprises me.

Something I had not noticed before.

Once I have given thanks for whatever comes to mind, I am always in a better frame of mind to deal with the issues of life.

Along with all the standard stuff, I am thankful for the miracle of the Internet. The “Net” gives ordinary Americans the same influence as the big news outlets. The Net has also allowed me to make good friends all over the world. Seriously, I have good friends whom I have never met. Sounds like something out of a science fiction movie.

Thankfulness would end a lot of problems in the USA. NFL players would never “take a knee” to insult this nation if they had any concept of how fortunate they are.

Two weeks ago, my Mom died and the family came together for some very painful days. Fortunately, I have a family that comes together when bad times hit. After Mom was gone, we sat there in that hospital room and talked about the good times and good memories. I am thankful that I had a Mom who loved me unconditionally. Even though there were times when I deliberately made that difficult.

I am especially thankful for my sister Susie. She cared for Mom day and night for several years. Literally spending herself in service to her mother. My entire family owes a debt of gratitude to Sue.

Most of all, I am thankful to God Almighty who is the same from eternity past to eternity future. He has, through the cross of Christ, reached down and lifted me up from the ocean of hopelessness that is planet Earth. I go through each day with the knowledge that my future is secure, no matter what difficulties I collide with in this life.

Thanksgiving 2017, difficulties and worries continue to rage all around us, but when you know and understand thankfulness, the storms seem to fade and all of life is brighter. Can’t put thankfulness into a pill. It is a skill/blessing that you must work at and once it becomes your daily habit, I guarantee that your life will be better.

 

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