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Giving Thanks On This Thanksgiving Day

Updated on August 12, 2013

Everyone should be giving thanks on this Thanksgiving Day no matter how bad you think things are in your life.

There are so many people in the world that are going through such tough times in their lives, but always remember there are many things to be thankful for, such as just being alive and healthy and being able to get up each and every morning and be alive to enjoy your day.

I recently wrote two hubs on Hurricane Sandy and the destruction it caused most of the East Coast and changed the Coastline forever.

Thousands of families have lost their entire life savings and belongings because of this super storm Sandy, but they are alive and will be able to rebuild their homes and lives a little at a time. I am very sure even though they have lost their material things they are alive and healthy to tell their story and experiences of this devastating storm that changed their lives.

The example I am trying to make here is that, yes they have lost so much , but their hope of rebuilding their lives and homes remain.

As devastating as it may be they are very thankful to be alive to tell their stories of that day that will remain in their minds forever.

Being Thankful on Thanksgiving Day

Be Thankful for What You Have

So many people are not thankful enough in their lives and take everything for granted. You must give thanks for everything you have in life and appreciate what you have. I know people that hardly have nothing in their life and are so appreciative and thankful for WHAT they do have, even if it is not a lot.

I feel that each and everyday we should thank our maker, God for everything he has given us and appreciate each and everything. We need to stop wanting more and more in life and just be happy for what we do have and be thankful.

As for Myself and Being Thankful Each Day

As for myself, I give thanks each and everyday for my sobriety. For anyone that knows me and has read my hubs that I write knows exactly what I am talking about, and if not, I write on alcohol addiction and the way I surrendered to my demons and now living a clean and sober life now and forever. I write to help others understand that just because you have an addiction of any sort it is not the end of the world.

Your addiction is certainly fixable if that is what you want in your life. Getting back to being thankful on this Thanksgiving Day. I am very thankful for everything I have, including my sobriety.


  • I am thankful for God giving me life.
  • I am thankful for my parents and sister, and for being raised up the right way, and being taught all the right things to do in life.
  • I am thankful for my beautiful wife that has stood by my side through my addiction to alcohol and all the tough times we had through the years of our marriage.
  • I am thankful for my two beautiful children that also stood by my side through thick and thin.
  • I thank God each day for giving me the strength and willpower to give up my addiction to alcohol and to live a life of sobriety now and forever.
  • I give thanks for what my wife and I have accomplished since I became clean and sober. We have finally made it to living at the New Jersey Shore and couldn't happier.
  • I am thankful for my precious Grandson and future Grandson on the way in March of 2013.

These are some of things I give thanks for and hopefully you give thanks for what you have on this Thanksgiving Day as well.

Even though you may think your life is on the down side, never stop thanking God for what you have. You must always gives thanks for what you have and never give up on the future and what may happen in your future. Stay positive and remember the power of prayer does do many wonderful things for all mankind.


© 2012 Mark Bruno


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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Pamela- It is great seeing you here and thank you for your kind words and for your comment. I have always been thankful for what I had, but the problem was (not now) I always wanted better and more. Now being sober over 3 years now I am grateful and happy with what I have now and need no more. I have everything I want and it is all simple things. Good health, a great family and loving family, something I missed out on while drinking. I am very content. I wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Years Pamela.


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      Pamela Dapples 

      6 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      Even though Thanksgiving has come and gone, these words in your hub are timeless. Being thankful brings joy into our lives. Gratitude can help build humility within us....and there are none among us that can ever think we are humble enough. The more humility we develop through our love of God, the more grateful we are for all the blessings in our lives. I know that I have a long road to tread when it comes to developing enough meekness and humility, but I recognize the need and will continue to try to grow in this area.

      Beautiful hub. Voting up and awesome.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Stickmonkey- Thank you for reading and your comment.

      Life Iz Beautiful- Thanks for your comment and yes we all should be very thankful for what we have and stop wanting more and more. God Bless and thanks for sharing. Have a great day as well!! :)

      teaches12345- Hello my friend and thank you for your kind comment. Yes you are so right...All the disasters this years and here we are to tell about them and healthy. I rather have great health than all the money in the world and I am so thankful for my health and my sobriety all with the help of God.

      God Bless you :)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Your list of thanks is mine as well. So much to be thankful for and most of them are the every day things we take for granted. When you consider all the disasters that happened this year, we can all Thank God for his provision and grace.

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      6 years ago from India

      Thank YOU for reminding us to be thankful for what we have with us.

      Sharing it with the world.

      Have a beautiful day ahead. :)

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      6 years ago


      I try to stay as grateful as I can.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      whonunuwho- Thank you for your comment and kind words. The hardships that meet us give us a reason to be thankful for the good that we all still have is so so true.

      God Bless and Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Day !

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      6 years ago from United States

      Very well said and expressed in your work. The hardships that meet us give us a reason to be thankful for the good that we all still have.

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      6 years ago

      Thank you Mark. I admit that I have also taken everything for granted at some point, but after Hurricane Sandy, it makes you look at things differently and appreciate all of the blessings. There are people out there who are worse than you or me and like you mentioned in your hub, they are grateful.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      RTalloni- Thanks for reading and your comment as well. Many people in the world just don't realize how so many others are suffering with so many different problems. You are so right. We here in the U.S. are safe and live in a great Country. That right there is something to be very thankful for. I too hope people reading this will add to the list of reasons to be thankful on this Thanksgiving Day and the entire year as well.

      I want to also wish you and yours a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

      God Bless you my friend.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      lovedoctor926 - Thank you for your comment and kind words to me. Life is too short to take everything for granted in which I did for some time. Now being sober I really appreciate everything life has to offer and thank God for everything I have. I wish you and your family a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving as well.

      Thank you for the Vote Up and beautiful!!

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      6 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you for posting your thoughts on giving thanks over our Thanksgiving holiday. We don't have to look far to find people who are deeply troubled by their circumstances, yet there is much to be thankful for.

      If we look around the world today we can be thankful for the fact that we are live in relative peace and safety. If we look in our own country we can find many people who are able, willing and are actively reaching out to help others. We do need to be careful not to take our blessings for granted.

      I hope we will see your list of reasons to be thankful continue to grow in this comments section of your hub! Happy thanksgiving to you and your wife, and your entire family.

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      6 years ago

      Voted up beautiful.. Congratulations for following through on your sobriety. That is a big accomplishment and something definitely to be thankful for. This list that you have compiled here is awesome. I think I'm going to write down a list of everything that I'm grateful for. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Mary, Thank you so much for your comment and your kind words to me. That really means a lot and you are so right I forgot to mention the wonderful friends I have met here on HubPages. Health, great family and friends are all we need in life. Happy Thanksgiving Mary!!!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      What a beautiful way to give thanks. I, too, am thankful for all my blessings. I am blessed with a wonderful family and friends. I'm also thankful for my Hubber friends who mean a great deal to me.

      Congrats on your sobriety. I admire you a great deal for that success.

      Voted this UP, and shared.


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