The holiday season for America is in full swing this month with the observance of Thanksgiving.
I’m not into celebrating holidays, but I cannot deny that gratitude is the best attitude one can have. Gratitude and giving should be a daily regime beyond this one day.
I think gratitude first starts with giving praise to Allah (God), because He is the ultimate source of everything we have. He is worthy of gratitude not only today but every day, every moment, and every millisecond.
Pause for a moment. Just consider your health, family, wealth, friendships, job, opportunities, talents, successful business ventures, travels, and even the air you’re breathing. Apart from God, we would have nothing.
Your CPA would be up forever trying to count all of your blessings.
In the Holy Qur’an, Surah 31, it reads “And if the trees in the earth were pens, and the sea with seven more seas added to it (were ink), the words of Allah would not be exhausted.”
We have so much to be grateful for that we should rise every morning with a vibrant smile on our faces. Our blessings are unceasing. If one is not thankful for what they have, it may be a sign that they won’t be grateful for what they get. If you’re not thankful over little, do you honestly think you would be thankful over much? Grieve not over what you don’t have, rather reroute that energy towards being thankful for what you do have.
There’s even a blessing in the trials and tribulations, because we’re being prepared for something greater. Be grateful for the hard times too. Gratitude is an elevating attitude that can mount us with wings to soar over the seemingly hopeless moments. Have the ability to recognize the ‘fortune’ found in every mis-fortune.
How do we truly measure our thanksgiving? I believe it is not what we verbally speak about our blessings, but it is how we use them. That is the true measure of our thanksgiving.
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