Today is give thanks Friday. What do you have to be thankful for?
I woke up bright and early this morning to a wet, grey day. But the weather didn’t put a damper on my mood. I was happy and thankful for today. Do you know why? I was excited to be getting a new work top and sink in my kitchen. I’ve waited patiently for the council to do the fittings since July.
I was eager for my new work top and shiny new sink. But I had to do some preparation last night. I spent what felt like hours emptying the cupboards under the sink, clearing the work tops and making the kitchen ready for this morning.
This morning I paid a man to disconnect and remove the oven and hob. He turned up on time. Everything was going according to plan. I gave God thanks!
The contractor from the council was booked in for 11.00am. He was running late. At 11.45 I phoned their office to confirm he was on his way. I spoke to a lovely young lady. “Oh yes Miss Whittle. He’s definitely coming. I’ll just give him a call to nudge him. But don’t worry. He’s very efficient and should be on his way.”
Ten minutes later my mobile rang. It was that nice lady again from the contractor’s office. “Miss Whittle, I’m ever so sorry. There’s been a problem. The IT system wasn’t working this morning and your job wasn’t printed out. The contractor won’t be coming to renew your work tops and sink today. I’m so sorry!”
Frustration kicked in. My first reaction was to scream down the phone angrily at her. “What do you mean he’s not coming? Do you know what I went through last night to sort out my kitchen? Plus I paid money to have the cooker disconnected. It’s sitting in our living room. And we don’t have a cooker to use now!” But instead I said, “OK!” And I asked her what I was supposed to do.
I was upset. I think it’s natural under the circumstances. But do you know what? I gave thanks anyway. Why? Because I’ve got a kitchen. The fact that I’ve got a kitchen means that I’ve got a roof over my head. There are millions or more homeless people out there. They have nowhere to sleep but on the streets.
Unexpected and nasty surprises happen all the time. You have to deal with them. Reacting angrily doesn’t change anything. It contributes to raising your blood pressure which leads to heart problems. So how do you deal with issues that annoy you? You give thanks.
There’s an old Victoria proverb which says, “Every cloud has a silver lining.” That means out of every bad situation, you can find something good. Look hard enough! And there’s always a lesson to be learned as well. What was my lesson this morning? I think it was patience and gratitude that I have a house. The kitchen is still functional.
Why you should give thanks?
- There are lots of reasons why you should always give thanks. But if you can’t think of any, that you woke up this morning and can read this post is reason enough. Some people went to bed last night and didn’t wake up this morning. They died in their sleep.
- Do you have children? Think about all the barren women and couples who would give anything to have a child. But they can’t!
- Can you walk unaided? What about those who have to depend on wheelchairs to transport them around.
- Have you got all your limbs? When we had the terrorist attack in London in July 2005, some people lost their legs. Then there are those born without arms or legs.
- Can you hear and speak? I taught a class a few years ago and one of the students couldn’t hear or speak. He had to rely on a communicator to be his mouthpiece. Nevertheless, he was a happy person.
- Do you have a meal to eat each day? Recently while I was shopping a young man approached me. He asked me to buy him a loaf of bread a packet of cheese. He said he didn’t want money, just something to last him for the week. I bought it for him. He was really grateful. The sad thing is that he asked a lot of people in the supermarket but they ignored him.
- Do you throw away leftover food? When I see pictures of helpless babies and children in Africa and other countries that are starving, it breaks my heart. The food you put in your bin could be someone else’s dinner for a week.
- Do you complain when it rains? If you do please consider this. Without the rain we wouldn’t have water, fruits and food. The trees and animals need it. In countries where they don’t get much rainfall, food doesn’t grow and people starve. Be thankful for the rain.
- Have you got a terminal disease? Watching someone close to you die of cancer is heart-breaking. I’ll never forget seeing my dad changing from a strong man into a vegetable because of prostate cancer. Listening to him cry because of the agony he was in was painful for me. But there was nothing I could do about it. However, I thank God for the years I shared with my dad and for the memories I will always treasure.
There are many more reasons why you should give thanks. I’m sure you can think of some. So make it a habit to do that. You’ll appreciate others more. When you have a heart of gratitude, you’ll have compassion for those less well off than yourself. Giving thanks will promote inner joy and you’ll appreciate the wonderful gift of life.
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