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Grateful for what we have

December 25, 2021    Reading Time: 2 Minutes

It’s Christmas, and that means the time of year when people across the world feel grateful for what they have in their lives: family, friends, a roof over their head, food on their table. It also means being thankful for all the blessings that life has bestowed upon them; from simple things like oxygen to incredible ones like love. This Christmas season I encourage you to spend some time thinking about how fortunate you are – whatever your personal situation may be – and take a moment during this special holiday to enjoy it!

There are so many reasons to be grateful, but here are just a few:

1. You’re alive!

That’s pretty darn amazing if you think about it. There are billions of people in the world who aren’t as lucky as you, and for that, you should give thanks every day.

2. You have a loving family and friends

This is probably one of the biggest reasons to be grateful – you’re not alone in this world! No matter what, you always have someone who loves and supports you.

3. You have a warm home to come back to

Even if it’s not your dream home, just having a roof over your head is probably one of the best feelings in the world. You can’t appreciate how good it feels to be safe and warm until you’ve seen what life’s like without that luxury.

4. You have food to eat

Again, not everyone is as lucky as you. There are people in this world who go to bed hungry every night, and for that, you should be grateful.

5. You have access to clean water

In many parts of the world, people don’t have access to clean water. For you, it’s probably just a turn of the faucet away – something that is taken for granted all too often.

6. You have access to education

Education is not something that everyone has in this world. For you, it’s always available whenever you want or need it – but for others, they can only dream of having that same luxury.

7. You have the freedom to practice your religion

This one might not seem important to everyone, but if you’re someone who practices a specific faith, it’s something that can’t be taken for granted. The freedom of religious expression is limited in many other parts of the world.

8. You have a chance to make a difference in someone’s life

We all have the ability to make a positive difference in someone’s life, whether it be by lending an ear or giving advice. Use your talents and abilities for good!

Merry Christmas

I hope you take some time to reflect on how grateful you are for all the wonderful things in your life. From our family to yours, we wish you all the best on this special day!

Written by Shawn Hooghkirk on December 25, 2021

Last updated on December 16, 2021. Shawn is the President of Graticle, Inc.

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