Not to beat a dead horse, as they say, but we all need to take a moment to count our blessings – not just on Thanksgiving day, but everyday. I believe this quote says it all:
“If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.” - Robert Quillen
I know it’s easy to look around and focus on the things that haven’t gone your way, things you’ve lost, and the obstacles you face. But if you take a moment to list out, in your mind or on paper, everything that you have going for you, chances are you’re ahead. If you’re reading this, you have access to a computer. And you have the ability to read. And you have the ability to see.
This should show you how easy it is to forget everything we have working in our favor. I don’t want to make any assumptions, but if you start with your most basic fortunes and build upon those, I know you will see that you have much to be thankful for. We all do.
Gratitude is a tonic that can calm your anxiety. Listing your blessings will not directly fix your problems, but it will give you a new perspective. And this will encourage you to keep going and maybe even to pass your newly perceived good fortune onto others.
Enjoy your holiday with those you love, sharing with those who are less fortunate, or both. Happy Thanksgiving. And if you want a little more help realizing how much is actually going right in your life, check out this book about “pronoia".