Appreciative. Grateful. Thankful.

Ralph Marston does it again! His messages are always on time! Today’s post is simply named, “Now Be Thankful”.

I’d like to take the post’s title a little further. No matter how many times I visit the site, I read it as “Now…be thankful!” Often my love for the ellipsis gets the best of me. I toss it around here and there, potentially over using and abusing the punctuation. However, in this case, I am intentionally placing it in the title. Now…be thankful!

The ellipsis (…) usually represents a word or sentence omission. In this moment, it is a situational omission. Now (in this moment) be thankful. Now (through your frustration) be thankful. Now (in spite of your own doubt and uncertainty) be thankful. Now (as others wait for your misstep) be thankful. Now (more than any time in your life, realize that you are a child of God and that no hurt, harm, or danger can get to you unless it is ordained and blessed by the good Lord himself to serve as a lesson or reminder) be thankful.

I hope y’all follow me.

As Ralph Marston mentions, be thankful for the dissatisfaction, the discomfort, and the frustration. I’d like to add be thankful for the thrown stones or shade, the lack of applause when you are blessed, the opportunity to shine when others can’t see past their own suspicions to do so themselves… The list can go on and on. The point is to be thankful. And in being thankful, do the absolute best that you can do. Pity parties are never well-attended and neither are celebrations of arrogance. Recall life’s highs and lows, as there are often common themes among them.

Welcome new outcomes that can develop from the sincere gratitude of just being alive another day. Understand that in your moments of disheartenment, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of others who wish to be in your situation. Cling to the fact that others are forever observing you because deep down you motivate them too. Stay true to yourself and stay grounded in your faith. When the intuition kicks in about a situation or a person, don’t ignore it. You’re always right when it comes to that gut feeling. You know when you’re on to something. Now (with all of this in mind) be thankful!

I am hopeful that you each have a wonderful week! May God bless you as you continue doing great things!

K. Jones ♥


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