November First; Understanding Gratitude or Thankfulness in Understanding

Good bye October, hello November.

And so here we are, heading into the final weeks of the year. Is it me, or has this been a roller coaster ride? We’ve faced all the uphill, down hill, quick turns and sudden tunnels that are so expected on the coaster, but life? For the past few years I have always taken this month to write about the things for which I am thankful. I wonder though, when one does that, when one acknowledges publicly things they are thankful for, does it feel like a slap in the face for those who do not have those things? Is it a sad reminder of something missing? Is there a way, that showing gratitude can be done, without it seeming to be bragging?

I do realize that I am blest in many ways. Even as I know the things that I struggle with, I understand them to be temporary and that the answers will come. Today, I am thankful for that understanding. But what of those who struggle, and do not have that understanding?  What of those, who struggle?

When I stop and think of this year and how it has gone, (so far) I can see the moments in that ride where the struggles were and when the answers came.

I can see the battles with when the grief lingers and I feel alone. I don’t always make those times known, but when I did, I was reminded, I am not alone. As a child of God, I am never alone. At first I would argue, where is the peace in that? I want someone with me, someone to share a moment with, a conversation. Where are they? I know now, when the time is right, they will come. For now though, I am gaining the strength and peace in my solitude. I have come to understand, that I have to be comfortable with me, before I can become comfortable with others. I have to accept me, before I can expect anyone else to accept who I am. I have to see, and be the person needed for those around me, before I can expect others to be there for me.

I watch things going on around me, and I see that one does not have to be some philanthropist tossing out money and material gifts right and left. One simply has to see and acknowledge others and treat them fairly. I’ve seen where the people who have the least, can have a large amount of friends and support simply for being who they are. No pretense, no games, no fake personal, just one person loving others.

Hard times, sad times, confusing times, need not define us. When I have been at my worst, I have taken my concerns to God. I have talked with Him while walking, hiking, standing in the kitchen washing dishes. I always come away comforted. I may not have answers immediately, but they will come.

What of those though, who are not Believers and Followers of Christ? What of those who are, but struggle? That is where the Believer needs to step up. Not in passing judgement, for as the measure we use to judge, so shall we be judged, But with compassion and charity. To reach out in what ever way we are able, assisting in any way we possess. To uplift and strengthen. I have seen this in action and know the good that it does. Not only for the one in need, but for those who witness. We are placed where we are needed, when we are needed. It is up to us to understand and be prepared to act. Whether it be a physical action, or one of prayer.

I am thankful for understanding. Thankful for the empathic ability to feel and to comprehend needs. I am thankful that I do not take for granted the blessings but understand that it is all a lesson toward the understanding of the difference between what I have and what others lack. That it gives me a greater comprehension and desire to be the difference when the difference is needed. I look at my calendar at the days waiting, taking us up to the Thanksgiving holiday and I realize that it is truly not a one day event, but a life time day to day experience.

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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4 Responses to November First; Understanding Gratitude or Thankfulness in Understanding

  1. John says:

    This year has gone by like a jetliner at 500mph! Bummer…

  2. Irene Melgoza says:

    I always thank God for each new day that he allows me and my loved ones to still be here. ❤

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