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When we have big life events, it is easy to remember to give thanks.  But big successes are usually the sum of small steps in the right direction over time.  Without the benefit of hindsight, it is hard to see the significance of this headway in the moment.  So in remembering that action is better than inaction, we should be grateful for the journey and celebrate our present situation.

Here are 6 things you can be thankful for each day, regardless of your situation:

You woke up this morning.  Each night we go to sleep, we assume we’ll wake up the next day.  We take this for granted but we don’t truly know what will happen.  We’ve all heard stories where others weren’t as fortunate, so each morning when you wake up with the ability to plant your feet firmly on the ground and take on another day, be thankful.  I have my mom to thank for always reinforcing the need to do this each morning.

You’re healthy.  My grandma always says, “If you’re healthy, you’re wealthy.”  There is so much truth to that statement.  She’s 85 years old, still does moderate exercises and can touch her toes.  Without good health, you could be limited in what you do, where you go, and how you live your life.  Take your vitamins, do your exercises, and eat in moderation (including on Thanksgiving Day)!

You have access.  If you’re able to read this, you have access to a computer, tablet, cell phone, etc. In today’s digital age, access makes it easier to get what you want and to be in control of shaping your life and experiences.  You can use these tools to get information about what you need to know, learn about new topics and enhance your skills. Take advantage of that.

You’re not alone.  Last night I was bouncing some ideas off of a friend and mid-conversation he asked, “Do you think creative people need to be around other creative people?”  My response was a resounding, “Yes!” Family and friends make up our go-to support system but it doesn’t have to end there.  We thrive in environments where we can share insight with others who understand us and share our interests; this empowers us to fully be ourselves.  The first step is realizing what you need help with and the second step is reaching out to those who can be part of your support system.

You have knowledge and experience.  No matter how old you are, you’ve probably experienced situations that left you with learning lessons and knowledge that would allow you to do things differently next time.  Having knowledge and experience in your toolbox is invaluable. You can leverage your insight to approach your life situations strategically and with intention and you can empower and enlighten others.  Knowledge and experience allow you to see opportunities to create and provide value to the world around you.

You made it through another day.  Think of all the things that could happen in 24 hours.  When you’ve made it through your day, take a moment to be thankful and reflect on what you can do better tomorrow.  Give yourself credit for doing the best you could and leave all your worries in that day.  Tomorrow is a new opportunity to start fresh on a blank canvas that offers flexibility and opportunities.  My mom also reminds me of the need to do this each evening.

Do you make time to give thanks?  Do you do it at certain times of the day or whenever you remember?  What things are you thankful for?

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