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Giving Thanks In A Thankless World

Updated on November 25, 2012

Some Of My Blessings

Three of my favorite blessings!
Three of my favorite blessings! | Source

I Am Giving Thanks Today

It’s that time of year again – the time when we all sit back and give thanks for all of the wonderful gifts in our lives. We all do it – at least during this time of the year. So here I go with my Thanksgivings…

As I drive to lunch each day, I inevitably pass one or two people who have their signs out begging for money. I don’t know their story. As someone just driving by, I assume that they might truly need money, but for what is the question. Do they truly need the money for food, as they say? Or will they use any money I give them for drugs or alcohol – or some other vice? So as I pass them, I send out a prayer for them. And I give thanks for having a job that pays me enough so that I can buy my family and I a decent meal three times a day.

I love my job. I’m living my dream – working with children – helping them grow – there can be no better job than that. I am thankful that each and every day I can go to work and do this job I love. I love looking for new lessons and finding new ways to teach these children that have difficulty learning.

As I teach my young students, I see young boys and girls that have so much difficulty in their lives. Children living in circumstances that no one should ever have to live in. Some who are abused, others who are neglected. As I watch them I give thanks that my own children did not have to live the way that they do. I give thanks that I was able to give them a decent life as they were growing up. It wasn’t perfect, but it was at least okay.

When I sit and talk with the other teachers after school, I hear horror stories of relationships gone bad. I hear teachers talk about ex-husbands who are still stalking them long after their divorce. I hear of these co-workers and friends of mine having fights and arguments with their husbands and wives and trying to decide whether or not they will divorce. I hear of these wonderful people having issues with their teenage children getting in trouble with the law and getting pregnant. I give thanks that my ex-husband – although he can be a jerk – doesn’t stalk me and doesn’t make my life miserable anymore. I thank God that my children made it through teenage-dom without trouble with the law or with any children of their own. I thank the good Lord above that I have a wonderful husband who loves me and grandchildren that think I am the best “Grammy” ever.

Sometimes when I drive downtown, I see people who have everything they own in a bag they carry along with them. I see them walking to the soup kitchen hoping to be one of the few that get a warm meal. I see the look of lost hope on their faces. Then I give thanks that I have a nice, warm home and the ability to have a warm meal whenever I am hungry. I see these people with colds, the flu and worse, and give thanks that I have access to medical care and can afford to pay a doctor when one is needed.

This is the time of year to give thanks. We need to remember to do this every day – not just on special occasions. We don’t have our blessings just once a year – why should we only give thanks on one special day?

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      I feel that giving thanks for someone should be everyday of your life and not just for one day or for at least a few times out of the week just to show appreciation to someone who cares about you and who shows you that they care. voted up and shared.

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Frank, pstraubie, lifetips, and Debby -thank you all so much for your kind words and for reading! And Frank - enjoy that game!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks again for this kick .. I look forward to that Football game.. but thank you for the reminder that there is more to giving thanks than watching the New York Jets against the New England Patriots.....

      BUT NOT THIS YEAR!!!! HA! lol kidding but I really am looking for ward to this match-up and a perfect day..

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thanks for sharing and sending out reminders that we have so much to be thankful for . If we listen to some of the experiences others have it helps to put our lives in perspective. I am so very blessed ...each day begins with me giving thanks for the life I have been given and those with whom I share it not to mention so many other things.

      Again, appreciate you sharing this. May you have a lovely Thanksgiving Day and each day after that as well.

      Sending Angels your way. ps :)

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      Praveen P.V. Nair 5 years ago from Trivandrum

      Well deserved thanks and i believe u r a very good teacher :) and voting up and awesome. keep in touch

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      LaDena ~ Well said. We must be thankful for everything we have, the big and the little. All comes from above. Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving, Debby

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Thank you Born2care! It's funny how many blessings we find when we look for them!

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 5 years ago from Asheville NC

      With everything I have in me, justateacher, I say thank you! I almost always end my hubs with this line: Peace be with you always!

      You obviously have already experienced that!

      What I enjoy most about this hub is it conveys your gratitude for life and better yet, your willingness to share it!

      Peace is with you!

      It confirms in my mind that you are not...justateacher!

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Thank you for reading Kris! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Giving thanks throughout the year is so important and I think we often all overlook that in our hustle and bustle of daily life. You've given us a great reminder to take the time to do so during the year. Happy Thanksgiving!

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Thanks for reading Bill - and being the first one to read! I give thanks that I have people like you as a Hubpages friend! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Truer words were never written my friend! I have to pinch myself daily because I can't believe how lucky I am. Thank you for some great reminders, and have a very Happy Thanksgiving.