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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I'm thankful for...

What great timing I have! I started to read the book "Life's Greatest Lessons, 20 Things I Want My Kids to Know" by Hal Urban. It's a wonderful book and I'm only on chapter 9. Today I was reading chaper 7 - Being thankful is a habit - the best you'll ever have. It's awesome! It really opened my eyes to what being thankful is all about. Great timing with Thanksgiving right? In the book, he talks about how he has his students try to go a day with out complaining, no one ever does. But it helps them understand that they complain about pitty and meaningless things when they should be thankful for what they have. He then challenges his students and readers to make a list of what they are thankful for, but he splits it into 3 columns. The first is THINGS, second is PEOPLE and the third is OTHER. I stopped reading right there and started my list. The PEOPLE were very easy. The things were simple as well, but as Hal Urban predicted most people struggle with the 3rd column. I had a few things down like my education, relationships, my freedom, and my character. Then I continued to read. He gave more examples and urged to finish the list. Soon my 3rd column was the longest one. So my challenege for you fellow bloggers is to make a list of your own. It's quite easy to be thankful for people and things you have in your life but to open your eyes to the OTHER category may be hard for some and easy for others. Once I had a few ideas of what he was getting at as far as OTHER, my list was easy to complie. I will post my list later, that way it will give you time to ponder what is on your OTHER list without being influenced by my list.

There is one quote I absolutely love from this chapter. I'm hoping my cousin Jenny can help me create something cute for my house with this quote on it - (hint hint Jenny!)

THINK, but don't forget to THANK


jhjonze said...

Great post, I will work on this now since I'm so bored at work. It is good to be reminded that we have more to be thankful for than to complain about!

PS. I see Alexis over there in your friends and family list. If that is the former Alexis Hess, would you please ask her to invite me to view her blog. I would appreciated it!

Callaways said...

That's awesome. It really makes you think. I love books, and sayings like that.