“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” (John F. Kennedy)

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity… it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” (Melody Beattie)

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” (Buddha)

Continuous health issues/confusions, far too many visits to the doctor this year alone and a strained relationship with my parents and family aren’t the only things in my life. There’s an awesomely amazing boyfriend, a loving/smothering cat and the perfect house, too – never mind the welcoming writing community and all my writing/blogging friends I’ve met this year! And a great job I enjoy! Yes, some things went wrong this year and I cried more often than I’d care to admit, but I’ve got nothing to complain about!

What better time to be grateful and appreciate what we have than Christmas? It’s easy to forget what we’ve already got and how good our lives actually are when things go wrong. Sickness, accidents, and unemployment are good examples for things which can make us forget everything we do have. If you’re struggling to find a job, maybe you’ve got a loving family and friends behind you. If you don’t have a family or a large circle of friends, at least you’ve got a roof over your head and bloody internet access! And don’t lie to me, if you can’t access the internet how are you reading this, hm? At a friend’s place? At your Mum’s? Well, there you go, then.

It’s easy to forget the things we should be grateful for and take them for granted instead, and Christmas is a great time to reflect. There’ll always be something that goes wrong, but something else will go well, too. And if it doesn’t go well today, maybe it will tomorrow.

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