Are you a good snowball?
Last Update: Dec 23, 2013
This is the season to be thankful for what you have.Unfortunately for many, it is the season to think about what they do not have. They miss the blessings right under their noses because they are focused on the world around them.Their thoughts are on what they want rather than being thankful for what they have.
You might live in a nice home but secretly resent the neighbor because their house is a little bit bigger. You make it to work every day in your car but complain because it is old or starting to fade.You make enough money to keep food on the table and clothes on your children but moan and groan wanting more.Things are never good enough for you and you have convinced yourself this is as good as it gets.
The problem is not in the wanting of more.The problem is not being thankful for what you have.Odds are what you have now used to be on the list of what you wanted.Somewhere along the way you forgot a very important life lesson,
Count Your Blessings:
Take a moment and think of all that you are blessed with.Not just your possessions but your family and friends as well. For example, I am thankful for;
·The baby on the way
·My home and the possessions inside
·My health and the health of my family
·The wonderful world we live in
·Most importantly God’s gift of Jesus Christ!
This is just a small list of the things I have to be thankful for.I encourage you to make a list of your own.You may be surprised of all that you have and love.
Receive more Blessings:
Showing gratitude for what you have will bring more things in your life to be thankful for. Imagine you are a snowball at the top of a mountain.Your thoughts are the spark that forces the snowball down the mountain.As the snowball rolls it collects more and more snow getting bigger and bigger.This snow is the gathering of your thoughts.As long as your thoughts are full of gratitude you will “pick up” more things to have gratitude for.Conversely, if your thoughts are of resentment, despair or ungratefulness you will “pick up” more negativity in your life.Which snowball do you want to be?
Are you sending out the right thoughts to be a big snowball full of wonderful things to be grateful for?If not take a break from life, grab a big cup of hot chocolate, “melt”, go back to the top of the hill and roll down it again!
I very much agree with your article. People are always looking at others and not being thankful for what they have. Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas! Debbie
Merry Christmas to you and your family also Aaron. Thank you for reminding us all to be thankful.
That was wonderful! I try to remind my children when they start to complain to stop and think of all that they have to be grateful for.
When I was a struggling young mother I would always reflect on a village people I had read about who spent 6 months out of the year on a small boat with all of their possessions. Just trying to imagine what that would be like would make me reflect on my own life, and how fortunate I was. It would always make me stop looking at what I didn't have.....and be thankful for all that I had.
Thanks for that great post.
Well written sir, too bad christmas spirit lasts only a few days. It should be a common mental state of each individual, every day, throughout the whole year, maybe then people would be less depressed.
wonderful post..I keep a gratitude journal in which I write 18 things I am grateful for each day...keeps things in perspective and I don't ever run out of things to write about...blessings are always surrounding us.
Terrific post. You reminded me of how lucky I really am. I have so much already family and friend wise, but sometimes all of the holiday commercials can make you feel like
you need more and more stuff, but really those are just "things." Things cannot breathe, give you hugs or be a friend.
PS Hope I made sense-did not have coffee yet. :P
I like to think I'm a pure snowball with a few stones and twigs rolled in. This is a good metaphor, thanks for sharing.
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Excellent post! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year...John