Thankful Challenge: Day 30

A Thankful Heart

cornucopiathanksgivingAs this month comes to a close, I want to offer up thanks for yet another holiday with family and friends; another time of prosperity and goodness. We celebrated the harvest together and the bounty set before us! Each day we should be grateful for all of the good things in our lives. We do not know what tomorrow holds, let alone next year. But from my family to yours, we wish you the best and pray you had a wonderful Month of Thanksgiving!

Make it a daily point to have a thankful heart. Make it a point to count your blessings. A thankful heart is what we must have to understand that we should live in the PRESENT. What’s done is done. The past is where it belongs and the future is filled with unknowns, so breath in the gift of now.

Blessed be!

Thankful Challenge: Day 29

A Higher Power

diana-goddess-of-the-huntI can’t end this month without giving thanks to my higher power. I honor all of the unseen hands working my life each day. I give an offering of thanks to the wisdom and knowledge imparted upon me every day. Each day is a gift and I will honor that with my thoughts, my prayers, and my voice.

Whether you are a Christian, a Buddhist, Hindu, a Muslim, or a Pagan, it’s my personal belief that there is something sacred in every religion. That’s why I fall under the “eclectic” category. I believe there’s value in all faiths and I take pieces of those faiths to live my life; to seek my truth.

It’s time to stop being bigoted and narrow-minded. All that does is cause division. If we can truly embrace religious freedom, then we have to realize that in doing so we have to embrace ALL faiths. That doesn’t seem to be something that’s possible.

Wars are started for two primary reasons: money and religion. They serve as a foundation for uniting people against one another. That’s not how it’s supposed to be. We’re supposed to be living in harmony. Now I sound like a hippie, but it’s true. You may not see eye-to-eye with me on my views, but that doesn’t mean that I deserve to be persecuted.

Many religions rule through fear. That is a very effective tool for controlling the masses. I’ve never been one to appreciate control, so I usually end up rebelling. However, there are some faiths that do not use that tool. There are some viewpoints that use love of earth, love of life, and love of humanity to call people in.

So, today is a day for me to be humbled by the powers that I do not understand, yet they welcome me and educate me. Today is the day I offer up thanks to guiding hands and caring spirits. So mote it be!

Thankful Challenge: Day 28

Health

14947635_1101082246671711_1186070772253401845_nToday I am thankful for my health. I have Type II diabetes, but I’m alive and I’m here. I have managed to maintain my weight after losing 50 lbs in 2010. I have been able to strive for a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes it’s a struggle, but for the most part I have it good.

General well-being is something that most people have trouble achieving. It could be work that holding them back or child-rearing. However, having a healthy lifestyle is an admirable goal. It’s one I fail at sometimes, but the key is that I’m trying. I’m making the effort. So, despite my shortcomings, I’m running the race. I’m thankful that I can.

Thankful Challenge: Day 27

Freedom

american-flag-wallpaperToday I am thank for freedom. Simple as that!

I’ve watched in horror as our country tears itself apart over the election earlier this month. I have seen friendships die and hard feelings take over what used to be thriving relationships. This isn’t how it’s supposed to be.

Freedom comes with a price and that price is paid by our soldiers; men and women answering a higher call to serve this great nation to defend our freedoms and sustain our democracy, yet there have been people rioting, not protesting, because democracy didn’t swing in their favor. That’s just wrong.

I embrace the freedoms we have in the United States. I won’t degrade them. If I don’t give thanks for freedom, then I’m not a patriot. I, by the grace of God, don’t live in a country where women are told to sit down, shut up, and not to think. I live in America. A place that lifts me up for being a woman; for having ideas. Women’s rights were hard-fought. I may not agree with feminism, but I certainly tip my hat to those who fought for it. So, thanks ladies for giving us a voice! And thank you to the armed forces for continuing to keep us safe and hold up the flag of freedom!

Thankful Challenge: Day 26

Cognition

I am sincerely thankful for being in my right mind (don’t laugh). There are so many who suffer from cognitive diseases that take away their identity, their ability to think, and their memories. I am grateful that as of today, I have a working, capable mind.

As a university instructor, I teach two psychology classes; child/adolescent psyc and Lifespan for Health Sciences. The latter has been an eye-opener for me. We cover late adulthood pretty vividly. I have discussed many cognitive diseases impacting folks 65 and older. It is heartbreaking what they must go through and, moreover, their family suffers right along with them.

From strokes to dementia, the brain is at risk for major deficits. There are age-related deficits that come with wear and tear, which are also frightening.

As of today, I’m 40 and I still have a solid working memory and I still have that storehouse of information in my long-term memory. I’m thankful for that. Someday, things may not be that way. So, I’m going to live each day like it’s my last and enjoy all of the things life has to offer, including sharing and gaining knowledge.

 

Thankful Challenge: Day 25

The Gift of Travel

14956538_1101074606672475_1375352667013839400_nI am very thankful for all of the adventures I’ve been fortunate enough to experience. From simple trips to the local zoo to exotic trips to the Caribbean, I am grateful for all of the places I’ve seen and the people I’ve met.

I have always had a thirst for travel. I don’t know if it is because we didn’t really go many places when I was a child or if there’s something deeper inside of me, calling me to various places.

Travel is an educational experiences. You learn about different people, different cultures, and different customs. I’ve haven’t been to as many places as I’d like, but there’s still time.

I have a bucket list. On that list is Washington, D.C., New York, South Dakota, Vegas, Egypt, Ireland, London, Australia, and South America, and that isn’t everything. I’m marking them off as I go. Will I get to all of those places? I don’t know. But you must have goals, right?