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If you were to ask folks what they are thankful for, you would undoubtedly get a variety of answers depending on different vantage points: stages of life, personal circumstances, location, career, affiliations, world-happenings, the economy, and...well, you get the picture.; often it is circumstantial.
I genuinely am interested in trying to be thankful more consistently despite what life may throw at me. It's down right hard though. Too easily, I become cranky when things are not going the way I intend...I get all nutted up and unfortunately sometimes "share" that discontent with others...
...then I think about my grand-daughter who has been diagnosed with autism. She is beautiful, precious, and making progress everyday as she benefits from intense behavior modification therapy.
Most of the time in the past, I was thankful for "substantial" things, but now, I am grateful for the little things...like when I greet her, she now offers me a kiss, when I leave and say "good-bye", she waves to me, when she wants something, she now uses basic sign language and/or corresponding character/item cards to communicate her needs. It's thrilling and I am deeply thankful.
I hope this season is full of blessings and opportunities to be full of gratitude!