Challenging Yourself To Be Thankful For The Extraordinary

What do these events have in common?

  • The birth of a child
  • Receiving a financial gift when you desperately need it
  • A friend offering help with a project
  • A phone call from your non-communicating son just to chat
  • Barely missing a car accident because the lane to your left was clear

These incidents are unusual. They are not normal, every-day occurrences. They usually garner lots of thanks.

Last week we focused our thanks on the usual – what is in front of us. Now, lets pay attention to what’s unusual and thank God for it.

In the simple strategy for a grateful and happy life, I challenge you this week to look for the extraordinary and be thankful.

This might be the easiest “thankful” practice of all. Who isn’t grateful for the extraordinarily good things that happen?  

But we must battle

  1. Forgetfulness – how easy it is to take for granted the special gifts that fill our lives daily.
  2. Preoccupation – letting mundane and empty “attractions” distract us from seeing the extraordinary.
  3. Self-centeredness – focusing so much on our own needs and comforts that we are blinded to the good outside ourselves.

This week, focus on the good gifts given to you and be thankful for them. Your life will be truly happier. 

What is extraordinary in your life right now for which you can be thankful? 

Dr. K 

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2 thoughts on “Challenging Yourself To Be Thankful For The Extraordinary

  1. We were recently given a monetary gift that enabled us to give again and meet quite a few needs of our own, and I am SO VERY THANKFUL!!!

    Not very long ago my husband and I were talking about faith being the hope of things unseen, and how great is the faith of those who have not seen and remain steadfast. It caused us to remember many things we had forgotten, as we are people that have, indeed, seen! It was a real faith builder/renewal of faith that resulted in further thankfulness. How sad that we had allowed ourselves to forget though….

    • Thanks for sharing your “Thankful” story. How can we ever remember at all times all we have for which to be thankful? It is good to review often. (I did this with my wife the other day – reflecting on the marvelous people in our lives.) I think what we can strive for is not necessarily trying to remember people/things/situations for which to be thankful, as good as that is, but to strive to develop a grateful HEART. Then, on occasion we reflect and give thanks. Thanks for being part of our thankfulness journey. Keith

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