Personal Injury, Social Security Disability, and Workers’ Compensation
My Daily Thanksgiving How Writing Down What I’mThankful for Has Changed My Life
November is probably my favorite month of the year in part because I love the idea of people all over the country taking time to reflect on the things they’re thankful for and recognizing the blessings in their lives. We all face challenges, big and small, that come along with everyday life. But oftentimes those challenges can also be some of the most rewarding times of our lives, if we are willing to keep a positive attitude. When Josh and I were growing up, our family gathered together once a week to write down the things we were thankful for in a shared book. From then on, it was ingrained in me that we’re profoundly blessed and shouldn’t take things for granted. As an adult, I still think about that lesson every morning when I open up my daily planner to schedule out my day. I always take a minute to handwrite three things I’m grateful for in a spot right above the calendar, where I can glance at them every time I look at my schedule. Writing out those three things has had a big impact on my mindset over the years. In the practice of law, Josh and I deal with clients who are going through difficult challenges, so I think it’s vital I stay positive when helping them face their problems. The idea of being thankful has woven its way into my thoughts and actions, and often, it’s the small things that have the most impact. Of course I’m grateful for my family, my employees, my job, and my health, but it’s just as uplifting that I have the opportunity to go to the gym or play in the park with my kids.
I think that if we reserve thoughts of gratitude specifically for Thanksgiving, we’re missing out on a lot of opportunities for happiness throughout the year. Every day, my wife and children do things that make me smile, and reminding myself each morning of how much those things matter has helped me notice them. I’m particularly grateful because my work has made me acutely aware of how quickly those things can be taken away. The people we help at the Injury and Disability Law Center are often those whose lives changed in an instant. Yet, some of the most impactful lessons I’ve learned in gratitude have come from my clients who have suffered their own tragedy. Despite their challenges, they chose to not “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good: His love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34
let their circumstances dictate their attitude, their happiness, or their joy. That inspires me!
In my home, our faith in God is the foundation of our lives. We are thankful for the saving grace of Jesus and our salvation through Him. Through our triumphs and failures, we know God’s love is unconditional and never ending — and that is a gift worth celebrating all year! So this month, I would like to ask all of you a favor. Take a few minutes each morning at the start of your day to find three things you are thankful for — big or small — and write them down. At the end of each week, month, or year, take some time to read them. I promise that if you do this for long enough, it will change your life!
“I always take a minute to handwrite three things I’m grateful for in a spot right above the calendar, where I can glance at them every time I look at my schedule.”
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