Friday, February 26, 2021

Food for Thought: What we have to be thankful for

| November 25, 2020 12:00 AM

For many people this has been a trying year; but there is still much to be thankful for.

In a recent interview on the news people in a shelter who were waiting in line were asked what they were thankful for.

One man replied “my arms and legs still work,” another said “I am still alive,” and the third said “ I have food and a roof over my head.”

Even though these are every day occurrences we take for granted these people who have less can still find basic things to be grateful for.

In all our lives, the most significant thing we can always be grateful for is having one another, our family and our friends. Little else really matters.

Even if we can’t physically be there to celebrate this holiday, we can phone them or go to zoom and visit with them. Let them know you love them and that they are appreciated.

Relationships are one of your most precious commodities and should be nurtured. Don’t dwell on what you don’t have. Focus on the things you do have and take the time to enjoy them.

Take the time every day and name at least 3 things you are grateful for that day. For example it can be that great cup of coffee you had, or observing a doe with her fawn. Or a good book or playing with your children or your pets.

Performing this small act on a daily basis fosters a positive attitude and reflects the good things in your life. It makes you realize all the small things in life to be grateful for and brings hope and joy.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and look forward to all the good things yet to come in the future.

Dr. Leta A Livoti Ph.D.,LCSW, LCPC is a psychotherapist in Thompson Falls. She can be contacted at 827- 0700.