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So many reasons to be thankful…

Written by Jill Manty  · November 23, 2010

Today I’m participating in a project from EpicThanks. All over the net today you’ll see tweets and Facebook posts and blogs expressing gratitude for the many blessings that people experience. If you’d like to get on the act, write a blog on the topic and link to it in the comments below. Or send emails to people you’re grateful to. Or write a Facebook post about how grateful you are. Or better yet, head over to EpicThanks or EpicChange and make a donation to support one of their projects, including a school in Tanzania, which you can see in the following video:

So, what am I grateful for? As you know, the past year and a half has been a time of change for the Manty family. I am so very thankful that we continue to make progress towards our business goals, that George is able to pursue his dream of being home with his family while still providing financially and that we are able to make a living doing something we both enjoy. I’m glad that building a business has brought us closer, rather than creating a rift between us.

But more than the financial blessings in life, I am thankful for the gift of health. This week several of our kids have had stomach viruses. While that has been a pain, it is nothing compared to the health issues so many families throughout the world will face today. My children will get past this minor inconvenience. Some families are facing a world where children do not get well.

When my children are ill, I am thankful that we live in a time and a place where I can provide food, clean water and shelter while they recover. If needed, we could take them to a doctor and get medicine for them. We have a washing machine to help in cleaning up messes. We have games and television to occupy them while they’re ill.

I am incredibly grateful that I never need to put my children to bed hungry. Or look at their starving faces and know that I can’t help them. Or watch them grow more ill by the second and face the reality that they’ve simply been born in the wrong place to grow up and live a healthy life.

I’m grateful to live in America, for all of its issues, because I’m free to worry about things like whether too many video games will lower their i.q. or BPA in their plastic toys or even the rising cost of insurance. I don’t have to worry about malaria and starvation and war on my doorstep. I don’t have to worry how I will raise them in a refugee camp or soldiers showing up at my door and taking me or my husband or my children away.

I once read an article that talked about the blessings of many small worries. That is what I am most grateful for- that I have no large trouble to occupy all of my thoughts, just many small inconveniences. And that is what I wish for you as we approach Thanksgiving, dear readers, inconveniences instead of problems and the ability to tell the difference.

If you’re grateful for something, leave it in the comments. If you’re really grateful, head over to EpicThanks and see how you can do something to express your thanks.

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5 Responses to “So many reasons to be thankful…”

  1. Sandra Parrotto on November 24th, 2010 6:34 pm

    What a wonderful post to support #epicthanks. I held a chat talking about gratitude and appreciation last night and found my day filled with thoughts of what that exactly meant. Sounds like you’ve had quite a year – deepening and working together… thanks for being part of the crew! and Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Jill Manty on November 24th, 2010 8:12 pm

    Thanks, Sam. What a great topic for a chat.

    I wish that I could maintain a more consistent level of gratitude year round— but at least there’s always Thanksgiving! ūüôā

    Hope it’s a great one for you!

  3. Gemz on November 27th, 2010 4:48 am

    Thanks for the great post. Anyway Belated Thanks giving to all.

    We should be thankful for all of our blessings and gratitude.

  4. Jeannette Baer on November 27th, 2010 6:15 pm

    Great post Jill, I am so grateful for this type of activities and holidays that makes us realize how lucky we are! while we might endure something that we feel is the end of the world – it does not come close to some pain, and devastation that other people and other parts of the world are facing!

    For a few years I have kept a ‘gratitude journal’ it really helps keeping it real! I try to write weekly (sometimes don’t get to it) and sometimes nothing has change from one week to another, but it forces me to think and become ‘aware’ of all my blessings and how superficial my troubles can be.

    Thank you Jill for spreading this important message and for sharing some of your private life with us!

    PS: This Thanksgiving I was grateful for having the opportunity to meet people like you, Sam, Deb, Anne, Claudia,...whom I now call friends!

  5. Emil on November 29th, 2010 3:48 am

    Stumbled upon your entry, hadn’t heard of EpicThanks before. That is a very cool idea and it’s always heartwarming to hear this type of online presence coming into being. Thanks for posting and I’ll check it out!