Its Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving.

It occurred to me that we have a choice: we can have a daily attitude of being thankful for our blessings, or we can feel badly for the unfortunate circumstances that come our way. I’ve done a little of both.

As I look back over the years, I acknowledge times that I was very down—not enough money, a difficulty here or there, marriage not being healthy. I’ve concluded that I can voice my disappointment, my anxiety, my frustration, my grief over any number of things. And it all leaves me feeling disappointed, anxious, frustrated, or bereaved.

If I can catch myself feeling those things, I can remind myself of my blessings. Once started, the list is infinite: I’m alive, I’m able to get out of bed in the morning, able to bow in prayer, have a soft bed to get out of, a safe and pleasant roof over my head that is my refuge after a long day at the office or elsewhere, … The list goes on and on.

It makes me happier, and more empowered to concentrate on my blessings, and to stop thinking about the challenges. Some things I can’t change. Dwelling on it doesn’t make it any better. Focussing on what I can do is energizing. I’m thankful for that ability.

Holidays can mean interaction with family that is difficult. Stay positive, and don’t let someone else’s behavior drag you down.