3 Reasons Why Americans Forget to be Thankful

Americans as a whole seem to be ungrateful and unhappy people. We lose sight of the very things that make a great country and wallow in despair at the state of our country. Isn’t it about time that we buckle down and remember the things in our lives, big and small, that impacted our lives; made us into the individuals that we are.

Here I will list three reasons why Americans forget to be thankful.

 

Reason #1 Black Friday

It’s amazing, how one day Americans celebrate because they are so thankful for what they have, and then the next day trample over each other to buy “the best deals”. Really? It sounds like a made up story, but it’s true! People can literally get hurt by going out to buy on Black Friday among the deal-crazy mobs.

Instead of allowing Thanksgiving Day to impact us,  we become “greedy” by the very next day! I don’t think that Thanksgiving Day is going to do too much to America as a whole, until we cut out the “Pig Day” (Black Friday).

 

Reason #2 We forget God

Since God is the maker of the entire universe and all livings things, I believe that the number one cause for ungratefulness actually comes from a lack of acknowledging the One who created us. Is it not from this that all gratitude must flow? A realization that this world, and each one of us, were so wonderfully made that we are thankful to God for all He has done. I believe it is time for America to acknowledge the Maker of creation.

 

Reason #3 We Don’t Even Try

Okay, so maybe this a “duh” one. But we as Americans are so focused on ourselves, our careers, social lives, houses, cars, etc. – anything that we place as an idol in our lives. We Gratitude holiday thanksgiving pinterest pinterest quotes blessings thanksgiving quotes turkey day                                                                                                                                                                                 More: are so focused on “living a cool life”, that we forget to stop for a minute, look around us, and realize the good little things that our lives are so made of. We instead complain that we don’t have the coolest fashion item, aren’t popular, or simply some coveted item that isn’t in our stash of possessions.

Do we really have to be this way? Greedy, ungrateful, and covetous people? The answer is, absolutely NOT!! I think a good way to remedy this, is to 1) look at the first two reasons above, and 2) Start to say “thanks”. Thank God for what he has done. Also, thank other people for the little (or big) things that they do for you, even if its something that they normally do. It will probably brighten their day a little, as well as yours.

 

So there you go! Three big fat reasons why we as a nation aren’t very grateful people. Terrible? Yes. Unfix-able? NO. So let’s get started! You might be saying,”but I’m not famous. How can I ever be an influence?”. Being famous yourself doesn’t particularly have a bearing on how many people you will influence. Even doing something as simple as a good quote that somehow travels to the ears/eyes of many people because of the internet. Or, maybe you shine a light on someone else’s  life, who shine’s on someone else’s life, who… and it ends up touching many people whether you know it or not.

And… whether or not you ever make an impact, you will have made a change in your life, and that is beautiful.

So today (Black Friday), remember that while buying things is not necessarily wrong, buying things to somehow fill an empty, discontented space in your life, will never satisfy you. Because possessions don’t have the power to give you lasting joy. Enjoy the Black Friday deals, but don’t let it make you lose sight of the meaning of yesterday, Thanksgiving Day!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my wonderful readers!

Whether you are spending the day with family, friends, or by yourself, may this be a truly beautiful day as you motivational and inspirational quotes about life.                                                                                                                                                                                 More: reflect on all the things that God has done/given to you. He has proved himself true in so many ways in my life, and I feel very grateful.

I encourage you to make a list (you can start with a short one) of the first things that come to your mind that you are thankful for. Even better, add another item to that list every day til next Thanksgiving! You might be surprised how few repeats you are likely to have.

Here’s what my list would look like (in no particular order):

  1. My Family. They’re seriously amazing!
  2. Christ’s Love for me. The most wonderful gift ever!
  3. Cats. You probably guessed I love cats just by looking at the picture at the top. They’re the best and my constant pals around the farm.
  4. Music. A HUGE part of my life! Right now, the best thing has got to be singing or playing the piano!!
  5. Art and Color. Without these two things, this planet would be a black and white BLOB!! :/

So there’s my list… and I could add sooo much more! Look around you with a thankful attitude – the list can get pretty long, pretty quickly!

If you missed it, you’ll want to check out my sister’s great post, Why I’m Thankful.

 

 

Why I’m Thankful

A guest post by my amazing sister, Kara.

Autumn is such a glorious time of year, the brilliant colors, the bright blue sky, the cool mornings. It always puts me in a fall mood, and reminds me of the upcoming fall holiday, Thanksgiving! That one time of year that we actually take the time to think about what we are thankful for.

This fall I was thinking about the one thing that I am the most thankful for. I am very grateful to the person who does the things for me that I cannot possibly do  myself. Someone who doesn’t just love me when I’m looking good, but is there to help in the messy areas of life. That person is Jesus.

Why I'm Thankful

We all love when we have life all together and when Thanksgiving comes around we thank God with a glowing face for how good he is to us. Then life falls apart, a loved one dies, you lose a job, or life looks bleak and discouraging. We struggle to do what is right and keep falling, or maybe life just doesn’t make sense. We realize that we can’t do life alone. Things didn’t go according to our well laid out plans. We yell at God for not caring. The truth is, that is exactly why he came to earth. He knew that we want to live in a perfect world, but we can’t do it ourselves. He knew the broken places of our lives that needed redeeming. So He left heaven and came to earth to help us and give us the power to live a righteous life; to be able to go to the perfect heaven when our imperfect life is over.

God is the almighty King of the world. He has the power to require anything of us and we’d have to comply. He has the power to do anything to us that he wishes. But Jesus did not come to be a dictator. He did not come because he wanted to control our lives and tell us how we have to do everything from how to decorate the house, to how much to smile, or how to comb our hair, etc… Nor to give us a difficult way of life and then sit back and watch us struggle alone. For some reason, God looked on us in love and compassion, and came to help us where we couldn’t do it on our own.

He saw our futile attempts, our broken lives, the deepest secrets of our hearts. He saw our need, our desire to be complete and good, that we couldn’t be righteous on our own. So he came and endured rejection, scorn, beating, humiliation, and then died, carrying each of your sins and my sins on his own self. He did it all because he loves us.

He came and gave us the power to be righteous through his strength, to make us complete in him. He is here to heal the broken places in our life where we don’t know where to turn. Life won’t be perfect, there will be heartache and trials, persecution and discouragement, but at the end there is absolute perfection awaiting us if we accept his love and forgiveness and live for him.

This Thanksgiving I am incredibly awed and grateful to my Savior God; the reason for all the other things I’m thankful for. I’m thankful for his blessings. I’m thankful for his guidance. I’m thankful that though all the stormy times of life he has always and will always be there. Most of all I’m thankful that he loves me and he loves you.

Delaware Bay Digitals

I had never been to Delaware. Nor did I think I would ever want to. I don’t know why I felt this way, but I had a certain distaste for the state. But since I’m a person who loves new sights, I decided that it would be okay to travel down along the Delaware Bay on the way home from a recent trip (which you can also read about here and here).

We stopped at a pullover along a gravel road that ran alongside the water front close to the mouth of the bay. Several large piers extended out into the water, and would have provided an excellent place to take photos from, but due to my uneasiness of heights and the moving water below, I quickly decided I would do better with ground shots. So, I took shots of the piers themselves which, actually are an icon of waterfronts, and bring up nostalgic feelings for me.

So I ended up enjoying Delaware after all!! And though I still like Maryland better, I think it’s a beautiful state. 🙂

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Longwood Gardens Digitals

My first visit to Longwood gardens. Oh yeah! It was amazing. I didn’t realize that so many beautiful plants could be packed into such wonderful gardens and pathways. Like seriously, acres!

And after spending the whole day there, we went out for supper and came back for the night show. Music and amazing light shows made for a very calming and relaxing atmosphere. (I must admit though, that I had to limp back to the van due to a very sore leg from all the walking. My dad called me an old lady. 🙂 )

To say the least, it added an unexpected spice to the rest of my vacation (you can view my last post, Philadelphia Digitals). I hope I convinced you that you need to go there for a visit… 😉

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Part of the fountain show.

The two pictures below  are only a small amount of the enormous pipe organ they have in the music hall. Seriously, over 10,000 pipes! There were five of these rooms that visitors can view through glass (and yes, that grand piano you see in the back of the second picture, really is controlled by a stop on the organ… all but three of the 88 keys!), plus a whole room of pipes below!!

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These are GIGANTIC world class mums. The one in the background stands taller than humans!! I can’t even start to imagine how much work must go into growing these perfect mums.

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Ya’ll have a wonderful and blessed fall!

Philadelphia Digitals

Traveling… one of my favorite things. If I were able to fly at least three times a year, it would be perfect. But I can only dream of that. In the mean time of waiting for that elusive, dreamy future, I enjoy doing some on the ground travel to closer destinations.

My most recent adventure was a nice fall vacation to Philadelphia, Longwood Gardens, and the Eastern Shore with my amazing parents and sister in tow (Okay, I gotta give most of the planning credits to my sis… 😉 )

I don’t get much opportunity to photograph cityscapes, so I jumped on the chance. Unfortunately, most of the time I was shooting through the dirty van window which resulted in a lot of blurred or specked photos. 😦 Oh well! I was still able to capture some that I was pleased with.

(A note: I will be posting a lot more photos from Longwood gardens and the Eastern Shore, so stay tuned!)

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Building a sky scraper!
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Independence Hall

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The scope used to create the Mason-Dixon line
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The Liberty Bell with Independence Hall in the background

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