by Diana La Femina, Head Editor, INALJ South Carolina
If you’re like me (and most people, I assume) then it’s very easy for you to get hung up on minutia or things that are wrong. There are many times that I realize I haven’t been thinking about what’s good in my life, and at those times I’m usually full of self-pity.
Oh, woe is me! Everything is wrong!
Except it’s not, is it? Not really, and I think we forget that much of the time. So, I think it’s time to sit down and think about what you’re thankful for. You’ll end the exercise feeling better about yourself and your life, and perhaps a bit more enthusiastic. Here, I’ll start you off with a few things I’m thankful for:
1. I have a paying job. This is definitely something to be thankful for, especially in this economy. (I refuse to think about the economy, though, because that will just bring me down.) Perhaps you don’t have a paying job, though; hopefully you have someone who’s helping you may ends meet in that case. Definitely something to be thankful for.
2. My family. My family has always been there for me. Whether it’s financial help, advice, a shoulder to lean on, or even a slap upside the head when I need it, my family’s always there for me and willing to give me what I need without hesitation. Hopefully you have someone in your life who helps you like this, to some extent. It may not be the help you want, but someone who gives you the help you need is worth their weight in tea.
3. And on that note, TEA! I am always thankful for tea. It wakes me up, it helps me relax, it is a fixed point in time, an anchor. Tea makes me a better person, because when I have tea I can never be fully pessimistic and self-pitying. It’s optimism in a cup.