Thanksgiving is all about being thankful – everyone knows that.
But how are you supposed to act if Thanksgiving falls around a hard time in your life?
I started this post as a “Ten Things I’m Thankful For” post, but something happened while I was writing it that took my joy away. And it left me wondering the aforementioned question: How am I supposed to act on Thanksgiving if I’m not really happy or extremely grateful at that moment in time?
Besides what literally just happened, a lot of things have happened in my life recently that have been, to say the least, pretty rough. I’ve had to leave a church, my family has been really stressed out about things that happened before we left (that continue after we left – here comes a sarcastic yayyyyy), and we’ve heard some really bad things said about us – untruthful things that damage our reputation.
I wrote a post a while ago about seizing the happy moments in your life. I think we all should do this is so that when we go through hard times we can look back on the times when our lives were actually happy.
So, in an attempt to reverse the suckiness of my life right now, I’m going to finish the previous draft of this post and write out seven things I’m thankful for.
- I’m thankful for my family. They’re my rock and my constant definition of unconditional love. Even when I act stupid and yell at them and tick them off and get back at them for doing the same to me, we all still love each other. I’m so blessed to have them in my life.
- THE CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR TRAILER. (#NOTEVENSORRY)
- My awesome friends, especially my bestie, Hannah. I’ve been so incredibly blessed to know so many amazing people, especially in the past year. This year has been one of the hardest I’ve had to go through thus far, and I’m always encouraged to know that, no matter what happens, I’ve got people in my life who will stick by me and my family.
- All of the writers in my life who have shared their talents with the world – R.J. Palacio, J.K. Rowling, Gabrielle Donnelly, John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Jack Cavanaugh, Wayne Thomas Batson, Suzanne Collins, Robert Whitlow… I could go on and on. They inspire me to keep writing even when I feel like a failure and I’m so grateful for them.
- Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. |-/
- STUDIO C – AWW YEAH.
- My amazing God. I’ve learned more about Him in the past year than any other time in my life, and it’s scary and incredible and I don’t want it to stop. When my family and my friends fail me, He’s always there to pick me up again, comfort me, and give me strength to keep going. I’m learning to be satisfied in Him alone, and it’s been a phenomenal experience.
What are you thankful for? (And how do you cope when you feel like you can’t be thankful?)