Monday, November 19, 2007

Time to reflect

Fall colors

We didn't go to the mountains this year to see the leaves change. I really wanted to go but with changing jobs and so many things going on, we just couldn't make it. I don't know if the leaves were as lovely as they were last year when I took this picture, but this is how I remember it. As the weather turns cooler and the days grow shorter at least I have this picture planted in my mind.

A brighter day.

The other night there was a documentary on TV about Thanksgiving. It covered the history of it from the beginning until present time. What it all boils down to is that the holiday has changed throughout the years but there was always a central theme. Taking the time to be thankful for what you have. I do want to thank everyone for the comments on my last two posts. After my two humerus Thanksgiving posts, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on the things I am thankful for. Oh I am sure if I wanted to, I could dwell on the negative things in my life but I choose to look at the bright side. I wish more people would do that. Everyday, I hear people complaining about little things in their lives that are bringing them down. I think it is all how you look at things. I choose to be positive. Here are a few examples:

I am thankful for my job. Lots of people are out of work.

I get to spend Thanksgiving at home. Many years when I was in the Navy I was away during the holidays.

I am thankful for catching a few red lights on my way to work because it gives me a few moments to look around.

I am thankful for life not always being easy because I would become lazy and not appreciate when I have it so good.

I am thankful for the friends in my life and being able to help them when they need a hand.

I have a wonderful family, we are all happy, healthy and living a life I am proud of and I thank God ever day for what I have. Even when things look dark and gloomy I remember that just above the clouds, the sun is shining.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.



Patty said...

What a lovely post. Yes most of us have way more things to be thankful for then we realize. But it seems you do realize what you have and are very thankful. Thanks for sharing.

Janice Thomson said...

Beautiful and timely post Greg. Happy Thanksgiving to you - we've already had ours in Canada. :)
It is wonderful to hear you are so positive about life and indeed why not? Truly there is so much to be thankful for.
I am always reminded at this time of year of a conference on sales I once attended. It opened with an easel of a big blank white page with the exception of a tiny black dot in the center. Everyone mentioned the black dot. The instructor said he was there to change our thinking habits for the black dot represented all the bad customers while the rest of the page was good customers. So why is it we were so focussed on the negative? A point I have not forgotten over the years.
Thank you for this post.

Lori said...

What a beautiful post Greg! That is so well said. You will inspire us all to be positive and thankful for the blessings in our lives. Happy thanksgiving to you too!

bluemountainmama said...

very nice post... do those mountains happen to be in western NC? they look familiar... :)

happy thanksgiving and thanks for stopping by over at my blog. yes, we DO have much to be thankful for.

Gardener Greg said...

You know I am not sure which state they were in. We were driving in the mountains near the intersection of SC, Ga and NC. I believe that shot was in Northern Ga. Thanks for visiting.

Kim S in SC said...

I am thankful for your Thankful list! What a beautiful reminder that we can even be thankful for redlights! Lovely!
Thanks for your comment earlier on my blog!

Wanda said...

This was a great post Greg. Love the picture of you with the fish. Yes, let's see that glass half full instead of half empty!

Great reminder Greg....Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

mystic rose said...

Beautiful pics! ANd Happy thanksgiving!!

I see Janice here, now I know how you found me. :)

Suz said...

Thanks for visiting. Your post reminds me of all I am thankful for as well. We have so much to appreciate -- it can easily be taken for granted. Blessings to you and your family!

USAincognito said...

Beautiful photos! :)

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