Monday, November 21st, 2011...3:31 pm

Thankful

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I hate to be cheesy, but as we approach Thanksgiving I can’t help but think about being thankful. I know I can get caught up in everything else going on during the holiday and forget the real meaning of Thanksgiving.  We skip right to the yummy turkey and dressing, sweet pumpkin pies, and traditions that our families share. Some people even skip right over Thanksgiving all together and dive straight into Christmas, which can tend to be all about getting, instead of giving (but that’s another post for another day).  This year I want to be try and really think about being thankful, about every moment. I want to let the “first world problems” take a back seat during this holiday and I challenge you to join me!

Are you ready!? A couple of years ago I did an exercise where I had to write down 100 things that I was thankful for, in 5 minutes. This list can include people, things that we take for granted, special traditions and why they are important, or simply just being alive. You will be surprised how easy it is to come up with a list and how much it will help you think about the small things we can all appreciate more. The second part of this challenge is talking about your thankfulness. Take your list and go and thank the people on it or the people who have given you the things you are thankful for!

So this Thanksgiving season I challenge all of us to have a thoughtful, grateful heart and pass it on. You will be surprised at how it can change your heart and the hearts of those around you. Please comment below about your experience and some of the things you are thankful for. I look forward to reading your comments!

Happy Thanksgiving!




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  • Here is a list of a few things I am thankful for… (Not in order because it was too hard for me to decide.)

    1. My family
    2. My teachers
    3. My friends
    4. Food and Water
    5. My house
    6. My school
    7. My things
    8. The outdoors
    9. Technology
    10. My safety

    I think your challenge to let “first world problems” take a back seat during this holiday, write a list of 100 things you are thankful for, and take your list and go and thank the people on it or the people who have given you the things you are thankful for is a wonderful idea. I am going to do the best I can to be thankful for what I have and think about how lucky I am compared to kids that don’t even have clean water to drink.
    My favorite thing that you said was “we skip right to the yummy turkey and dressing, sweet pumpkin pies, and traditions that our families share. Some people even skip right over Thanksgiving all together and dive straight into Christmas, which can tend to be all about getting, instead of giving.” I really agree with this and one of our main philosophies in 5th grade is live in the moment. I am going to live in the moment this Thanksgiving and take my time being thankful!!! Thanks for sharing you thoughts with me Miss Walker.

    • Madeline, I love how in your comment you quoted my blog. That shows me what you enjoyed while you were reading and what stuck out to you. I am excited to hear some of the 100 things you are thankful for and how it goes telling people thank you. I know I am very thankful for you, how you always try your best and go out of your way to help others. I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving!

  • Here is a list of some of the things I am thankful for…

    My Parents
    My Friends
    Sports
    My School
    My Teachers
    My Relatives
    My Life

    Those are just some of the many things I am thankful for, not in order. I am really going to try to complete your challenge because usually it is the first world problems that I think about on Thanksgiving like when I am watching football and the TV loses it’s signal. Those are some real first world problems like in the video.
    Where as some kids do not even have electronics let alone clean water and food that is edible. When I thank people on thanksgiving it seems less like an everyday thank you, it is so much more meaningful and truthful. When you give an everyday thank you to someone it seems so empty and meaningless compared to a thank you on Thanksgiving. I hoe everyone has a fun Thanksgiving!!

    • Marcus, thank you for being so honest. Sometimes it is hard to admit that we get caught up in first world problems instead of being thankful for what we have. I know once I saw that I forget to be thankful helped me start to change the way I think. I hope that you have a very thankful Thanksgiving!

  • Here are some things I am thankful for

    Parents
    school
    life
    food
    shelter
    water
    teachers

    I really think we are really fortunate because we have running water, and we can make it hot or cold. Some people have to drink from rivers. Some people don’t have houses.
    That thing about 100 things that you are thankful for, when I went to church the minister told us that we should try that. I have started doing the 100 thing and I am on 46. One thing is that if you whine for something like a toy, think, just think about the people with no toys.

    P.S.
    I love the rap and the video.

    Andrew

  • I loved this challenge I did not write my things down but I thought for a while, while reading this passage. I thought of many things I was very thankful for. For example my family, my friends, school, and my teachers and much much more! This thanksgiving I went to Michigan, I thanked my family there for everything they do for me feed me, love me, and care for me. It has been a wonderful thanksgiving! I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving!

  • Here are the things on the top of the long list I have for being thankful.

    1. family
    2.teachers
    3.friends
    4.shelter
    5.food/water
    6.a car
    7.outdoors
    8.safety
    9.opritunities
    1o.relatives

    I really am thankful for everything and everyone because hearing about all of the children in zenbobway and how they don’t have what we have and they don’t have as many opritunities as we have really makes me thankful.

  • Here is a list of what I am thankful for

    1.My REALLY great education
    2.My family
    3.My friends
    4.My house
    5.My car
    6.My beach house
    7.Clen water
    8.A variety of food
    9.Clothes
    10.I have both grandparents on both sides of my mom and dad

    I am thankful that my parents spend a lot of money on the nice house we live in.Also, my education.(Even though I may not use it all of the time) I guess, looking back on it, I do take a lot of things for granted, my friends, family, and clean water,nice food,and my great and supportive teachers. If you were mentioned on this list, THANK YOU SO MUCH

  • Here are some things that I am thankful for:

    My house
    My family
    My School
    My Teachers
    My safety
    Things to eat and drink
    Transportation
    My life
    Sports

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