I Am Thankful – We don’t always realize that the bad things are worth praising.

I cannot take credit for this.

This was emailed to me, and the person who sent it was not the original author.

To whoever you are, Unknown Author… these are beautiful words of thanks we should all live by….


For the wife who says it’s hot dogs tonight, because she is home with me, not with someone else.
For the husband who is on the sofa being a couch potato, because he is home with me, and not out at the bars.
For the teenager who is complaining about doing dishes, because that means she is at home, not on the streets.

For the taxes that I pay, because it means that I am employed.

For the mess to clean after a party, because it means that I have been surrounded by friends.

For the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have enough to eat.

For my shadow that watches me work, because it means I am out in the sunshine.

For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing, because it means I have a home.

For all the complaining I hear about the government, because it means that we have freedom of speech.

For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot, because it means I am capable of walking and that I have been blessed with transportation.

For my huge heating bill, because it means I am warm.

For the lady behind me in church that sings off key, because it means that I can hear.

For the pile of laundry and ironing, because it means I have clothes to wear.

For weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day, because it means I have been capable of working hard.

For the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours, because it means that I am alive.

There is a bright side to everything.  It’s all good.


20 responses to “I Am Thankful – We don’t always realize that the bad things are worth praising.

  1. Beautiful reminder that we have to be thankful all the time. 🙂

  2. Amen! So many times I wish that the people who complain around me all day could spend ONE DAY in the shoes of someone who really has problems.

  3. Thanks for sharing. A good and much needed reminder that we have so much to be grateful for! 🙂

  4. A wonderful way of looking at all that we have to be thankful for!

  5. Wonderful post! There’s always two sides to a coin. Into our lives a little rain must fall but without it we wouldn’t have rainbows. 🙂

  6. There certainly is Jen. Happy Thanksgiving. xo

  7. Hi Jennifer,
    I’d read this before, but it was worth posting again!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. So true. Thank you for posting this.

  9. Happy Thanksgiving! Those are indeed wonderful things for which to be thankful. Kudos to the original author for writing them down.

  10. This was great, regardless of where it came from. Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. Happy Thanksgiving to all you folk south of the (canadian) border!

  12. I was worried when I clicked on this page that it was going to be one of those really sappy things, but it’s really great! We obviously don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK, but happy Thanksgiving to you guys!

  13. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for the inspiration

  14. Reblogged this on J. Keller Ford ~ YA Fantasy Author and commented:
    Too good not to repost on Thanksgiving. Thanks, Jennifer.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all my U.S. friends. Big hugs to all.

  15. This is so inspiring, thanks for sharing it!!

  16. Amen!!! In today’s world it can be so hard to be positive or find anything positive. Be well!!

  17. Thank you.