It is so easy to take people and things for granted.  I am spoiled, and I know it.  Although I’m not wealthy, we get our bills paid every month. I have a wonderful husband, two healthy sons and three beautiful grandchildren.  

I also have a brother and a sister, both of whom I love dearly.  I used to have two sisters. My “big” sister died a few years ago way too young, and I miss her every day.  I am so glad that while she was with us, I did not take her for granted.  We spoke every day, at least once, until the day she died.  Thank Heavens, the last words we spoke on the phone the night she died were, “I love you.” 

I do take some things for granted though.  I seldom think about that fact that I know I will always have food to eat and a roof over my head.  I have never had to truly struggle to survive.  

Most people, Americans in particularly, don’t give much thought to what’s happening around the world. I am saying this as an American myself.  I KNOW there are people starving, who are in pain, who are suffering and living in unimaginable conditions.  But most of the time, I just go on living my life, taking it for granted. 

Sure, I give my time and money, but not enough of either.  When I take the time to really think about all have, I am very grateful for where I was born, for the family that raised me, and for the good health that enabled me to work hard to be able to afford what I have today. 

Today I am taking some time to be truly grateful for all the things I normally don’t give a moment’s thought.  I have to clean my house, but I have a house to clean!  I have to put expensive gas into my car, but I have a car and the money to fuel it.  I have to prepare dinner and clean the kitchen afterward, but I have the food to cook and a place to prepare it. 

I have a business that I love working, and I earn a living with it.  Many of my co-workers have become friends about whom I care very much.  I work with a company with very high integrity and excellent products.  Although I am not brilliant with an amazing IQ, I am smart enough to operate my business and write this blog. 

There are many people – friends and family – that love me, and I love them in return.  In so many ways, I am blessed, and I am very thankful for everyone in my life and for the blessings that have been bestowed upon me. 

Perhaps you too would like to take just a little time today to be grateful for those people and things you normally take for granted.


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  • Thank you all so much for your lovely comments.

  • I'm thankful for being able to read this post about thankfulness.  And all the things you talked about in it, also.

  • Awesome article Julie.  Thanks for sharing.  Liked and Shared.

  • This is a truly amazing and beautiful article Julie.  We take so many things for granted and do not take the time to be thankful for all that we have, let alone be appreciative of it.  I've lost both my siblings and parents and I too think of them daily.  But I am also thankful for my family!  And having a chance to learn from my many errors.  Thanks for sharing.  Liked and Shared.

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