May this be the year in which we allow ourselves to grow
May this be the year in which we allow ourselves to learn
As much as we possibly can.
May this be the year in which we allow ourselves to love
And be loved.
May this be the year in which we learn to forgive
May this be the year in which we seek new adventures
By putting ourselves out there more often.
May this be the year in which we follow our dreams
And reach for the stars.
May this be the year in which we learn to surpass rejection
And continue on our path to greatness.
May this be the year in which we share special moments with loved ones
And cherish such memories for years to come.
May this be the year in which we learn to persist
May this be the year in which we learn to share our voices and listen to those who have yet to be heard
And helping our fellow human beings.
May this be the year in which we devote ourselves to a worthwhile cause
And help those in need.
May this be the year in which we never forget to be thankful and appreciative
Each and every day.
May this be the year in which we shine, and encourage others to do the same
Brighter than ever before.
After a day’s worth of cooking, baking, and eating, it’s finally time to sit down and write! It’s nothing we don’t already know—Thanksgiving is a time to share with loved ones and really think about what we are grateful for in our lives. Whether it’s knowing that we have a roof over our heads, food on the table, health, safety, security, a bit of financial stability, loved ones who care about us, the ability to receive an education, or even freedom in the very country we live in, there is so much that we can all find to be thankful for.
Throughout these last few days, weeks, months, and years, I have become increasingly thankful for simple treasures, and these treasures are all of you. Knowing that there are people reading what you put out there is a true honor and privilege, and I could not be any more grateful for fellow bloggers and readers who continuously support both me and my writing, day in and day out. However you decide to spend your Thanksgiving, I hope it is a wonderful one surrounded by those you love and filled with countless blessings.
We shouldn’t limit our thankfulness or gratitude to one holiday each year, so here’s hoping we can each learn to be more thankful and appreciative in the upcoming year. Happy Thanksgiving to all, and know that we made it! The cooking is past us, the cleaning is over, and now it’s just us and leftovers. Talk about being appreciative!
This week’s Snapshot Challenge is one of two twin brothers, Peter and Paul. They were both suffering from severe malnutrition, pneumonia, and cardio insufficiency when they were brought to Misioneros Del Camino at six months old. Now at a little more than seven years of age, they are both healthy, happy, loving, and a little mischievous too! I took this picture this past week and it fits right in with these Snapshot Challenges because if ever you want to find beauty in life, all you have to do is look at a smiling child.
“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all of your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”
In sixth grade, one of the elective classes we were required to take was theatre, and on the first day of class, we talked about the power of emotions. We were given a homework assignment that would show us how emotions are able to affect certain situations. The task was simple. When you’re at home and the phone rings, pick it up with a mad expression on your face, and carry out the conversation. Then the next time the phone rings, carry out the conversation with a happy expression on your face.
I kept the house phone with me once I got back home from school, and the first phone call I received was from my mom’s friend. She called to speak to my mom, but she wasn’t home. She then proceeded to ask if everything was okay, and I said yes and asked why. She told me that I sounded very angry, so I told her everything was alright and that was that. Shortly after hanging up, the phone rang again, and I picked up with a happy expression on my face. My grandma was calling to see how school was, and asked if I had done well on any recent tests. I explained that I hadn’t yet received any of my grades, but she thought that I had, since I sounded cheerful.
If you work on having a friendly, positive attitude with those you know, those who you are friends with, or those you are acquainted with, for the most part, others will mirror the same friendly, positive attitude right back to you. I’m not saying that being friendly will woo everyone in your path, but it’s bound to work on at least one person, and who knows, that one person might end up becoming a new friend.