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We all have a great deal in which to be thankful. The funny thing is, it takes a special holiday season for us to take stock of those things and stop, even for a few minutes — for some only a few seconds — to show gratitude for that which we’ve been given.

No, we probably don’t have all the money we want or all the possession we’d like to amass, but most of us are fortunate enough to have a warm place to sleep every night, a good job, three good meals a day, a family to love us and friends to share our joys and sorrows.

They are the things we usually take for granted, merely expect to be there when we wake up each morning and go to bed each night, and we seldom take the time to think about how blessed we are to have them.

Most of the time we are too busy concentrating on the things we don’t have or the areas of our life that we’re not satisfied with to consider the many things that make our lives not just livable but good.

It’s easy to be dissatisfied with decisions made — our jobs are difficult, challenges come more often, we’re faced with things in our lives that are in some way distasteful — but it’s difficult for us to see how lucky we are to have a job that pays us a decent wage and a life free from many of the worries that others face every day, like how to pay their utility bill or deal with an alcoholic parent or child.

It’s simple to look at the glass half empty, but it takes truly counting your blessings to see that same glass as half full, and for most of us, the glass truly is far fuller than it will ever be empty.

How you see it makes all the difference in the world, and how you see it depends on the way you view your life.

Imagine, if you will, being a soldier in a foreign land, where your friends and comrades are risking their lives at every turn and your life hangs in the balance … far from home and away from everything you hold dear. The letters received, the gift boxes sent, every day you survive is something to be grateful for.

During this holiday season, perhaps it’s time to take a serious look at our lives, refuse to look at the negative and assess just how much we have. Life is far too short to focus on what we don’t have all the time.

The Sampson Independent

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