“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” Eckhart Tolle
I’ve lived long enough to know that life is a battleground. This battle ground called life is full-out constant war with many fronts: psychological, relational, health, financial, and spiritual. Sometimes I go to bed knowing which front to advance on the following day. Some days, I find myself throwing down on all fronts and I hadn’t planned to. No wonder on some days, by the day’s end, I feel stressed out and tired. Can you relate? Want to know what can help?
It’s a little thing called thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is not only a holiday but also an attitude of gratitude. Adapting this attitude helps me stay energized and focused on what I want to carry out. Let me give you an example of some situations. If my wife were sick, I would say, thank God the both of us aren’t sick. When money was low, I said, thank God I can make some more. When I injured my right leg doing martial arts, I said, Thank God I can still use the other leg. You get my point? I have learned to frame my mind in such a way that I empowered myself to deal with the short-coming, and have hope for overcoming the difficulty.
Psychologists have studies that show an attitude of gratitude has health benefits. They’ve discovered that grateful people are more generous, have higher levels of positive emotion, and better personal and relational well-being. Some universities have spent millions to study this attitude in people.
I am a Christian and I learned my gratefulness from Christian doctrine. I tell you this, not to be a stumbling-block to you who do not believe in God, but to share a truth with you in hope that it may help you deal with your situation, overcome it, and prosper in your life. If you don’t have this attitude already, I encouraged you to take it on and watch how your life changes. I didn’t say it would be easy. It can be learned and you’ll probably struggle with it at certain times. That’s okay; just do it.
If you celebrate Thanksgiving, as you and your family gather around that golden fifty-pound turkey, that huge smoked ham, or the giant can of beany-weanies, give thanks for ALL of what you have now, and be thankful you have a chance to get what you don’t yet have. Be thankful and keep on kicking butt.
Bless You and Yours
Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
Jonathan Desaussure and Family
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PIRATE JOKE – ENJOY
A pirate walks into a bar and the bartender says, “Hey, I haven’t seen you in a while. What happened, you look terrible!”
“What do you mean?” the pirate replies, “I’m fine.”
The bartender says, “But what about that wooden leg? You didn’t have that before.”
“Well,” says the pirate, “We were in a battle at sea and a cannon ball hit my leg, but the surgeon fixed me up, and I’m fine, really.”
“Yeah,” says the bartender, “But what about that hook? Last time I saw you, you had both hands.”
“Well,” says the pirate, “We were in another battle, and we boarded the enemy ship. I was in a sword fight and my hand was cut off but the surgeon fixed me up with this hook, and I feel great, really.”
“Oh,” says the bartender, “What about that eye patch? Last time you were in here you had both eyes.”
“Well,” says the pirate, “One day when we were at sea, some birds were flying over the ship. I looked up, and one of them crapped in my eye.”
“So?” replied the bartender, “What happened? You couldn’t have lost an eye just from some bird shit!”
“Well,” says the pirate, “I really wasn’t used to the hook yet, but I still got one left.”