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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving here in Canada and every year it reminds me that we have so much to be thankful for.

What am I thankful for today?

  • I’m thankful that my Mom is visiting with me for a month and that I get to spend some quality time with her in person. Phone calls just don’t do enough to lessen me missing her. I’m such a little momma’s girl, but I don’t care. She’s the only parent I have left and she’s the most important person in my life.
  • I’m thankful for my family, even though we still sometimes fight like crazy and act like when were children. It’s hard to break the patterns that we grew up with. I know that each one of us is there for each other, regardless of what happens in each other’s lives.
  • I’m so thankful that I live in Canada. I would gladly put up with the cold winters and the snow because it’s worth it to live in the best country in the world. 
  • I’m thankful for my online and offline friends. I don’t know where I would be without their support. I truly appreciate you!
  • I’m thankful for my career, even though I’m not enjoying my present position so much. But, it pays the bills and allows me to support, feed and clothe myself, plus it means that I can have some nice things in life, such as this computer and internet connection, so that I can write and hopefully inspire people from all over the world.

It’s a pretty short list, but those are the important things that I’m thankful for this holiday.

What are you thankful for?

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28 comments… add one

  • Potent question Karen. I’m thankful for being free to make of myself what I want. I am the powers that be for me. And thankful for the never-taken-for-granted gifts like food, heat, clothes, somewhere to live, and to have health. What more do we need? I’m thankful too for simple posts like yours that ask searching but important questions that help our lives evolve and take shape.
    .-= John Sherry´s last blog ..Simply Change Your Actions To Drastically Improve Your Results =-.

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    • Hi John,

      I’m glad that you enjoyed the post and that it reminded you that we can always be grateful for the simple things in life :-)

      Thanks,
      Karen

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  • Karen,

    It may be a short list but you’re truly thankful for all that you have and for the little things that add up and therefore it’s not as short as you may think. We often look at the big picture and don’t take into consideration the little things that help us along the way, then when we get there we look back and THEN see all the accomplishments, and sometimes wish we could be back in those days.

    You’re looking at things as they currently are and that will help even more as you progress through your life and to your dreams.

    I’m honestly thankful I have really cool friends online and offline who are there for me and who I can be there for. I’m also thankful for my family and the clothes on my back and hot showers – love hot showers.

    I’m thankful for much more but as you mentioned, just a few things are good enough to start with.

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    • You’re right, Eric, that the little things add up. As long as the basics are covered then we should be grateful for that as there are many people in the world who don’t even have some of the basics in life.

      Your list is a great start :-)

      Thanks for dropping by and sharing what you’re grateful for,
      Karen

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  • Hi Karen, my first time on your blog and I love the subject so much I figure I’ll throw my hat in…..I’m grateful for:

    1. Marrying best friend friend.
    2. 4 Awesome kids…all unique…all a joy
    3. Opportunity at every corner
    4. Teaching others and the relationships that come with such activity
    5. Learning from other great minds
    6. My elliptical downstairs
    7. Feeling loved….making a difference…living a purpose-driven life.

    Just my thoughts :-)

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    • Welcome Marcus,

      Thanks so much for sharing what you are grateful for. It sounds like you are very ‘wealthy’ person who recognizes how lucky they are in life.

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  • Karen,

    I’m so happy you live in the best country in the world! It always helps to have reminders to be thankful. I’m especially thankful for all the incredible bloggers who are doing their part to change the world one person and one situation at a time. People like you who give of themselves so others can find greater peace and happiness.
    .-= Sandra Lee´s last blog ..My magic potion for knocking anxiety on its head =-.

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    • Living in Canada is pretty wonderful :-)

      Ahhh, thanks so much for the kind words, Sandra. They really touched me and I’m glad that my writings have touched so many people. As have yours. http://alwayswellwithin.com is a fantastic resource for inspiration, too

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  • Happy Thanksgiving Karen. I like your list. Doesn’t matter how long it is. It seems as if you’re talking and that’s what came out.
    I can understand why you love living in Canada. Been there and I liked it as well. I sometimes wonder if Canadians (and most of the world) see the U.S. as a bunch of arrogant, self-absorbed nuts.
    Beautiful post.
    .-= Hal Brown´s last blog ..Fried Green Tomatoes – A Healthy Style =-.

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    • Thanks, Hal. I kept the list short because at the end of the day that list is all that really matters.

      ” a bunch of arrogant, self-absorbed nuts”?? I think every country has some of those (including Canada (shhhh!!)) :-)

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  • Hey Karen,
    long time, How i wish i were in Canada. Being thankful is a virtue.
    I’m thankful especially for the endless opportunities I’ve got as an internet entrepreneur. I’m also thankful for my friends both online and offline. I’m also thankful for this opportunity to read from you.
    .-= harvestwages´s last blog ..Getting Payday Loans in your Lunch Hour – guest post =-.

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    • Welcome harvestwages,

      Thank you so much for your kind words and for reaching out to leave a comment here and for sharing what you are thankful for. It sounds as if you have a lot to be thankful for as well.

      Karen

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  • Hello Karen,
    long time, How i wish i were in Canada. Being thankful is a virtue.
    I’m thankful especially for the endless opportunities I’ve got as an internet entrepreneur. I’m also thankful for my friends both online and offline. I’m also thankful for this opportunity to read from you.
    .-= harvestwages´s last blog ..Getting Payday Loans in your Lunch Hour – guest post =-.

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  • Hi Karen,
    I believe gratitude is like medicine for the soul. When we’re thankful for even the littlest things in our lives – we attract more things to be thankful for – including nice, caring, honest authentic people. I’m happy you’re so thankful for all you have. I’m thankful for all I have – even down to the smallest things!
    .-= Angela Artemis´s last blog ..5 Exercises to Tap Into Your Intuitive Genius =-.

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    • Hi Angela,

      “Gratitude is like medicine for the soul” – what a great way of looking at it! We can self-medicate with gratitude :-)

      I also agree that when we are thankful for the things in our lives that we are more appreciative of those things. We know how easy to take them for granted and how fleeting they can be.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts,
      Karen

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  • Showing gratitude is amazingly important for our mental well-being. Still another month or so before it is Thanksgiving in United States (the best country in the world :) )
    .-= Steven´s last blog ..PsychNews- Oct 3 – 9 =-.

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    • We will have to agree to disagree on the best country in the world, Steven :-)

      I will agree that the US certainly knows how to celebrate Thanksgiving though – you guys take it to a whole different level. Hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving next month! :-)

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  • hello karen
    how are you?
    it is important we remain thankful and appreciate people or the good things that occur in our lives.
    i am thankful for my family for all the love, support, care… my friends offline and online for always being there.
    i am also thankful for the fact that i still have a job despite the failing economy and crucial cuts the united kingdom is currently experiencing.
    actually i am thankful for so many things but most of all i am thankful for the gift of life.
    take care and enjoy the rest of the day.
    .-= ayo´s last blog ..Do You Have A Good Sense Of Humour =-.

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    • Hi Ayo,

      I am well, thank you and I hope you are having a fantastic week so far.

      It also sounds like you have so much to be thankful for and that you recognize that. That’s one thing that I forgot to add to my list – I’m thankful to be alive, too. There by the grace of God, go I.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing,
      Karen

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  • Hi Karen,

    Being thankful is a daily process my friend. We should be grateful and thankful for everything we have. I personally have a gratitude list that I go over every single morning. It helps to remind me of everything that I’m grateful for. Thanks for sharing Karen
    .-= Dia´s last blog ..How to develop good habits for ever =-.

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    • That’s fantastic that you have a gratitude list that you go over every morning, Dia. I also have a gratitude journal, but must confess I don’t write in it daily (although I should!).

      Thanks,
      Karen

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  • I’m thankful there’s a Canada. It’s an incredibly beautiful place, although I’ve mostly only explored British Columbia and Alberta.

    And you’ve reminded me I need to call my Mom and set up a visit for this weekend!
    .-= John Soares´s last blog ..Setting Writing Priorities — What’s Most Important Now =-.

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    • Yes, call your Mom and go for a visit, John. I’m sure that she would love to see you :-)

      My Mom is currently 77 and I’m always reminded that each week/year is a gift, given her health concerns.

      I’m also thankful that there’s a Canada and that I was born here. Especially when you hear of people dying to come to this country. It makes you more appreciative that we have won the life lottery just by being born here.

      Thanks so much for dropping by and sharing,
      Karen

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  • Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday… I think next year I will take a trip to Canada so I can celebrate it twice! ha ha. Giving thanks and appreciation is absolutely vital to living prosperously. Today I am thankful for the beautiful fall day here in Boston… and I am thankful for the wonderful future I am creating (I like to give thanks for the future so that I may feeeeel them as real right now).

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    • Hey Rob,

      Sure, you’ll have to come for October 11th next year and see the beautiful Fall colours. Then you can have two turkey dinners with all the fixings :-)

      That’s the first time that I’ve ever heard of someone being thankful for the future. It’s certainly working for you, though, so I would continue feeeeling it :-)

      Thanks,
      Karen

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  • Hello Karen!

    I hope you’ve had a great Thanks Giving Day and enjoyed spending time with your family.

    One of the great things about this blog, not least the honest advice, but your clear love of Canada. You should be sponsored to the Tourist Board!

    Every time I read it and you mention Canada, I want to come and visit!

    Hope you had a great weekend,

    Matthew
    .-= Matthew Needham´s last blog ..Wednesday Wisdom- Including the best way to achieve your goals =-.

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    • Thanks, Matthew. My Mom is visiting with me now for a month and will be going back home at the end of October. We spent Thankgiving at one of my sisters, which was lovely because she’s a great cook :-)

      Yes, come visit Canada! There’s something here for everyone :-)

      You’ll have to get out of the UK sometime to show your son some of the rest of the world :-)

      Thanks,
      Karen

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