This is a week when we are “supposed” to turn our attention to the things we are thankful for. I don’t know about you, but I actually roll my eyes when I see people posting about the things that they are thankful for on social media during this time of the year.
There are a few reasons that I just scroll past those types of posts. The biggest reason is that I see a lot of complaints coming through all year long; sometimes from the same people. It can make the words of thanks seem a bit contrived.
There is a Difference Between Voicing Emotion and Complaining
I’m not saying that you can’t get frustrated with someone or something in your life. You are certainly allowed to voice your anger or emotions about life. The problem is when you take those frustrations and turn it into constant complaining.
You can tell me that you are thankful for you _______ (fill in the blank), but if you continually complain about that thing, there is no way I can believe you.
Act Thankful, Don’t Just Say It
It is easy to say you are thankful for something, but hard to act thankful. You are not acting thankful when you complain.
What about when it comes to your spouse? Do you say you are thankful for your spouse, but then spend a lot of time and energy complaining about them? If you are truly grateful for that person, you need to act like it, not just say it.
You can’t spend all year long fussing about the things they do or don’t do, and then when Thanksgiving rolls around, suddenly say how thankful you are for them.
Stop Complaining and Start Being Thankful
Whether it is in regards to your spouse, job, kids, or whatever, stop complaining and start being thankful. You can’t be truly thankful for something if you have something negative to say about it all of the time.
In order to be genuinely grateful for things, you have to change your thoughts. I hope that you will consider that this week.
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