Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it

With Thanksgiving only a few days away, I’ve been thinking a lot about this past year and the many blessings I’ve been afforded, which are deserving of my thanks. It’s time to appreciate life.

There’s my wife of the last ten years – my best friend and constant support, who’s always there with a welcoming smile to remind me what unconditional love is truly all about. No matter what success might come my way during this life, it would seem utterly meaningless if I didn’t have her to share it with. So thank you angel for sticking by me, especially when I’m a pain in the ass and grumpy. Your love is never wavering.

It’s funny how so many married couples hate their in-laws – some can’t even be in the same room with them. But not me. I treasure my in-laws like they were my own family. I’ve been blessed with another set of parents and two sisters who know a few things about what being a family truly means.

I live in a beautiful home, always have plenty of food on the table (a fact I realize every morning when my pants are too tight) and really don’t want for anything. In a sense I have much to be thankful for this year and I’m probably not thankful enough for all the good fortunes I take for granted.

Society has taught us to always want more in life. But all that wanting often causes us to forget about the blessings we already have – things our fellow neighbors only wish and dream about. To appreciate life.

So this Thanksgiving, as you sit down to the holiday feast, ask yourself, “what am I thankful for this year?” Maybe it’s time to show you truly appreciate life.

In the words of Ralph Marston: “Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.”