As a part of our last-day-before-break-lesson yesterday, I taught my 1st and 2nd grade students a Thanksgiving Song that I learned when I was their age. It was always near and dear to my heart, and it really hit home to be on the teacher side of the song this time around. I will admit, I got choked up.
Hearing all of the children’s voices singing, “There are many things I am thankful for…” made me really start to think. This is the time of year that everyone starts to speak up about the people and things that they cherish, and I am no different. I would like to think that I show how much I appreciate everything on a daily basis, but the truth is, we can always do more.
An unexpected loss always makes you reevaluate the way you handle yourself and your life. Did I tell my family members that I love them often enough? Do I thank people for the little things? Do I reach out and connect/re-connect with the people in my life that I am missing? Did I offer help/support to someone in need? These are the things that I have been thinking about the past few days, even months.
- I’m thankful for the family that I still have, no matter how far apart or out-of-touch we may be.
- I’m thankful for the few close friends that I hold dear.
- I’m thankful for the many new connections that I have formed through undergrad, grad school, my job, and my wonderful PLN.
- I’m thankful for having a job that makes me happy and gives me a sense of purpose.
- I’m thankful that I have been afforded the opportunities that I have been – my life was in a very different place 5 years ago.
- I’m thankful to be alive and healthy and happy.
Life is so very fleeting and you never know when things will change – cherish what you have now and don’t ever throw away the chance to be with someone you care about or the chance do something that makes you happy. Don’t wait for a holiday or an unexpected event – start now.