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Giving Thanks

November 28, 2009 — by Per Christensson

As humans, we seem to have a natural inclination towards unthankfulness. We dwell on the few things we don't have instead of being grateful for the things we do. Fortunately, Thanksgiving provides an ideal time to reflect on our many blessings, helping us move toward an attitude of thankfulness. When we take time to be thankful, the trivial wants and concerns of our lives seem to fade away.

It's funny how when we encounter unexpected difficulties, we quickly think, "Why me?" as if we are the only ones in the world who have to deal with these dire circumstances. Yet, each one of us has our share of difficult times. For example, if you have car trouble, you might just feel that you are the most unlucky person in the world. But if you ask around, it is difficult to find another person who has not experienced car problems. Many are not even so fortunate to have a car.

Yet how often do we think "Why me?" in regards to the blessings we have been given. It's as if we deserve every good thing we have, but none of the bad things. I am the first to admit this is how I often think. So this Thanksgiving, I am grateful for the many blessings I have undeservedly received.