Thankful 2013

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The trials of life have a way of dragging us down and wearing us out. We all go through our own trials and when we do, we often think they are worse than the trials others are going though. We often feel alone and so very helpless. Sometimes our instinct is to protect ourselves by staying away from everyone. We may stay in our homes with the curtains shut and the doors locked. We may stay in bed with the blankets pulled over our heads. We may even wish we could just bury our head in the sand and make the rest of the world go away.


The reality is that when we take drastic measures, we may actually be keeping ourselves from healing and progressing on our path to recovery. It is easy to just hide in plain sight when we feel that black cloud come over us, as it closes in over our mind.


We do have alternatives though. We cannot control our circumstances. We can’t control the weather, other peoples choices or even the closing of our jobs. We can, however control how we deal with these circumstances. We can force ourselves to put one foot in front of the other and grow from these trials or we can become bitter. The choice is ours. We often blame others for hurting our feelings or treating us in an unwelcome manner but the truth is that it is ourselves that determine how we accept these circumstances. We can chose to not only grow but we can learn to help others who are not as strong as we are. Nobody can make us feel insecure, hurt or angry without our permission. We hold that choice in our own hearts and our minds. We always have choices.


It seems that this time of year, always causes me to reflect on just how fortunate I am. I have my trials and sometimes I feel like they are never going to end but in spite of these trials. I have so much to be grateful for, such as but not limited to the following:


  • I have the best husband in the whole world

  • I am married to my best friend

  • My husband gives me the desire to become a better person

  • I have two beautiful daughters whom I am very proud of. They are not only beautiful inside and out but they have grown into dependable young ladies with integrity.

  • I have four amazing grand-children whom I love and am very proud of. I miss them very much

  • I have a roof over my head

  • I have friends whom are life-long and friends who are new.  Each holds a special place in my heart.

  • I have an income that helps to pay the bills

  • I have the gospel in my life to give me strength when life gets tough.

  • I know that Jesus died for me personally because he loved me and he knew I had potential that was worth protecting

  • I have the opportunity to spend eternity with my family, not just on this earth

  • I know that I will see my family who have gone on before me, when my life on earth is over

  • I know that Heavenly Father is looking out for me and even sends angels to gather around me & protect me when I need them most.

  • I have the scriptures that past generations did not have

  • I live in an exciting time where I have vehicles to drive to my destination instead of riding a horse or walking, I have clothes washer that sure is easier than washing clothes on a rock in the river.  I am truly blessed to live at this time and place.

  • I have strong ancestors who have paved the way for me to experience an easier life

  • I have modern Prophets to warn me of the dangers that lie ahead in this world

  • I have wonderful friends whom I trust and who make the trials of life a bit easier to handle.

  • I have friends who listen and do not judge me when I get in one of my “hateful” moods

  • I am grateful that I was raised poor because it taught me the value of working together with others to accomplish the tasks on the farm to keep food on the table. I find that I still use these skills in my life today.

  • I am thankful that my parents taught me the value of a days work

  • I am thankful that I have opportunities to serve others and learn from them in a way that I can’t learn by myself.

  • I am grateful for my brothers who are always there when I need them.

  • I am grateful for my nieces and nephews who make life interesting and I love them very much.

  • I am grateful for photos, phones and mail so I can keep in touch with my family who live so far away.

  • I am grateful for music that soothes my mind when I get stressed.

  • I am grateful that I have people who love me. They help keep me from making as many mistakes as we work together to spend eternity together.


Thanksgiving is an amazing time of year, it gives me the opportunity to reflect on my life and what I need to do to make it better. Yes, I have a lot to be thankful for and a lot of room for improvement but I am working on it, one day at a time.


My goal in life is to be better today than I was yesterday. 

About the Author ()

I am just a simple country gal. I have been married to my best friend for over 34 years. We have two beautiful daughters, two Son In Laws and four grandchildren. My family is the most important thing to me. I love them dearly. I love life to the fullest.

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