Posted by Andie on November 20, 2009
"We seldom think of what we have but always of what we lack" -Arthur Schopenhauer
At one point during my college career, I was feeling pretty low in the dumps. Things hadn't worked out with a guy I'd been dating, and Senior year was almost over and I still wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my life. One night I was complaining to my best friend Miriam about how awful my life was. She must have realized how ridiculous and self-centered I was being, because the next day, before class she handed me a blank notebook. She told me that this was my new "Ten Best" journal, where every day I would write down the ten best things that happened in my day, or ten things I was grateful for.
At first, I began writing my "Ten Best" list each day out of obligation, but soon it wasn't a chore at all. That little book literally changed the way I looked at the world around me. It became a fixture in my life, and I carried it around with me everywhere I went. I became so much happier. Sometimes the ten best included meaningful occurances in my own personal life, and sometimes it was simply an act of kindness I had observed or an awkward encounter that made me laugh. I quickly realized that I had a whole lot to be thankful for. Miriam helped me to see that wonderful things were happening every single day in my life, sometimes I just had to dig a little deeper to find them.
"Thankfulness does wonders for the soul. All we need to do is ask ourselves what's getting our attention. When we focus on what's right instead of what's wrong, life improves considerably." - Hal Urban
Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you all enjoy the Macy's Day Parade, the football games, the parties, the delicious feasts, and the afternoon naps. Don't let the holiday slip away without taking a few moments to ponder on your blessings, or to make your own "Ten Best" list. Because if you're like me, you've got a lot to be thankful for.