“It’s not happy people who are thankful, it’s thankful people who are happy.”
What are you thankful for? Every year, friends and family get together to celebrate Thanksgiving, and every year, countless numbers of people gather around the dinner table, and before they eat, each person declares one thing they are thankful for. Many list family and friends, some say jobs and homes, while others give thanks for the meal they are about to receive. Many of the answers given, while great, are typically expected, but if the typical answers were taken off the table, and you had to search deep and answer what you were truly thankful for, what would your answer be?
For many, giving an answer as to what they are truly thankful for, is as hard as answering what they like about themselves. The struggle in answering these questions and many others, comes from the way we are programmed to think. 364 days out of the year, most people, consciously or subconsciously, are thinking about how to accumulate more, more money, more clothing, more shoes, better housing, better cars, the list goes on and on. Commercialism and the economy tell us we need more to be successful and if we don’t have more, then we won’t be happy. Many of us spend so much of our time chasing the “American Dream” of success which, for all intensive purposes, is having more, that we can’t see what we do have and should truly be thankful for. We want more, we want better, we want what someone else has or how someone else looks. So on that 365th day of the year, when asked what we are thankful for, many have to revert to the “given” answers because 364 days of not being thankful trumps the one day the nation declares we should be thankful.
Starting today, as we go into this holiday season, let’s concentrate on the things that we do have, instead of focusing on the things that we don’t. Switching your focal point will inevitably change your outlook and your life.
As the founder of Muscle Can Be… Muscle Is… I am truly thankful for all of the wonderful women that have wanted to be a part of MCBMI, and have willingly shared their stories. I’m thankful for the followers that religiously read every week, and I am truly thankful for the opportunity to reach and inspire women worldwide. I’m thankful for my voice. Have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving filled with a lot of joy, laughter, and love.