Gratitude at Christmas and Beyond

During the hustle and bustle of Christmas time, we all go about buying presents and driving like psychos, hoping to get that great sale we saw, needing desperately to buy that expensive thing for that person we love, making sure we don’t leave anyone out of our gift giving, we trample pregnant women at Walmart and we rush rush rush. We all take so much for granted, forgetting what Christmas and the holidays are all about. The thought of family and love and togetherness are with us for but a moment and then forgotten again with the new year.

We go about living our lives with it’s day to day duties and many misfortunes and we forget what a gift we have been given. The gift of life and of family and of friends and most of all the gift of love, all types of love.

For without love the world would be a dark and lonely place. Love gives us hope for tomorrow and hope for the future. It makes the misfortunes we come across less of a burden to face. If we could only keep this thought of gratefulness with us all year round we might get a little more out of life, we might face our struggles with more ease, we might appreciate those around us who love us a little more, and we might see the world with new eyes.

It seems so unfair to live with such ungratefulness when there are others who were taken from life too soon who don’t get to experience life’s gifts any longer. To live with graciousness and love even in the darkest of times is to honor those who won’t get the chance to live again.

So not just at Christmas time, but all the time…I’m grateful for everyone in my life, past and present. It’s all of you, family and friends, that have shaped who I am, kept me strong, helped me while I was down, laughed with me when I was happy and made memories that will last a lifetime.

I’m going to try to keep this gratitude with me year round. We all should. I know we can all do a little better.

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