Today, I wanted to share how to be thankful every day. Some days it may seem so hard to be thankful, I get it. I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to the challenges I see around me every day.
We’ve had a global health crisis for almost two years, and it doesn’t show signs of tapering off anytime soon. We have conflicts of every kind, within countries and between countries. We see people struggling to get ahead, and others who have more financial resources than they know what to do with.
Although there are struggles and strife all around us, we all have many things to be thankful for. That’s why I felt prompted to write today’s post about how to be thankful every day.
Growing up I was taught that the three critical needs everyone has are food, clothing, and shelter. If you’ve followed my posts consistently for very long, you should have noticed a theme I’ve tried to instill in my readers, and that is to be prepared for the unexpected, and in doing so, become more self-reliant.
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Weathering Every Storm
Here at Food Storage Moms, we sincerely try to provide the input and training for each reader to learn how to gather enough food and water to “weather any storm.” We’ve discussed that “storms” come in many shapes and sizes from literal wet, cold, windy, and destructive storms, to those caused by the loss of loved ones, loss of a job, deteriorating health, and more.
I hear from readers all the time that they are trying their best and appreciate learning from others how to survive. They are thankful for the food and water they have and hope to continue the journey to more self-sufficiency.
Over the years we’ve discussed the need to have clothes, blankets, coats, hats, gloves, socks, and other personal items to stay warm in the cold weather, and how to make the most of our circumstances when it’s so hot and muggy outside.
We’ve had dialogue together about why you should consider sewing your own family’s clothes, and how to look out for other ways to save money. Many readers have thanked me for my series on What to Stock Up On during each month of the year.
We’ve also exchanged hundreds of ideas on how to make your home more livable, safe, and protected against the upheavals, storms, and disasters around us. That has included ideas for cooking when you think it isn’t possible with the power out, being able to see and work in your home with alternative lighting, preparing your home for pending storms, and more.
Thankful For Every Can
As we think about being thankful every day, we should be grateful for every can on the shelf, every coat in the closet, and having a roof over our heads because many don’t have any of these blessings.
We should be so thankful for families, both those close to us and extended members. Families are there to love and support us when others don’t. They can be a pain sometimes but can be counted on when things aren’t going right. If you have some issues with a family member, reach out and express your love and appreciation for them, and try to remember and involve them going forward.
We are now living closer to family than we have been for a number of years. We’ve already had some wonderful dinners, we’ve gone to movies, had some late-night chats, and had more hugs than you can imagine. I’m looking forward to years of these experiences that I’ve missed so much. I love them all.
True friends are so important too. They bring joy when we are down, provide a comforting word and hug when most needed, and like family, can step in to help whenever asked.
Really Close friends
I believe we’ll have just a few really close friends when it’s all said and done, and for some reason, it’s during the tough times that we find out who those true friends are. Call some of your favorite people, get out to lunch, play some golf, go for a walk, just get out and do what friends do.
We should be thankful for our health. I know, some of us are in a health crisis and we wonder if we’ll make it through. Each day is a gift that should be cherished as we share our time and love with others. Many of us are in pain every minute of every day, some caused by lifestyle, other pain we have no control over cause or effect. Make a pact with yourself, if possible, to eat better, get some exercise, and do those things that will make future days better.
Be thankful for the external blessings we all receive each day. Know that our lives are truly blessed when the sun comes up, the flowers grow, the breeze smells fresh, the birds sing, our pets snuggle, and we enjoy the fruits of our labors, even in the tough times.
Thankful for Freedoms
Be thankful for the freedoms we enjoy. Yes, we have challenges and wonder how free we really are from outside influences, but we have it so much better than the greatest majority of the world. If your health allows, take some time to get outside, go for a walk, hike, bike ride, or do other activities. Visit a local park, state park, beach, or mountains. The world around us offers so very much, and we often take the little things for granted.
It would be wonderful to have the resources to “see the world” and visit lots of exotic places. I’d love to just visit many of the places on my bucket list that are within a day’s drive. We can travel to so many beautiful and safe places without spending our life savings. If this isn’t an option for you, check out all the local museums, parks, libraries, and other free things that just take some time to plan.
I’ve dreamed of visiting Niagara Falls, the beaches of Washington and Oregon, and many other places that I hope to see and enjoy over the next few years. I also plan to drive up in the mountains close by that can be enjoyed within less than an hour. Why not take advantage of the beauty all around us?
Please be safe, and stay well. May God Bless this world, Linda
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