Saturday, November 21, 2015

Giving Thanks. . .

Happy Holidays, Intellectual Minds!

I just want to take some time out to thank all my readers for hanging with me throughout the years.  You are such a wonderful group of people.  I enjoy conversing with so many of you and hearing your stories and ideas.  I've got a lot of books to read for the 2016 year, thanks, in part, to many of the authors and publishers who have sought out my reviews. Who knew you enjoyed my reviews so much.  There's so much to be thankful for.

While I'm sitting here feeling blessed in the moment, I can't help but to think about all the lives that have been taken this year due to horrible acts committed by terrorists and abroad. I tell ya, I don't know what is happening in this world anymore?  I hate to turn on the news or read my news feed on my phone.  If it's not one thing, it's another.  This year was absolutely horrendous in dealing with law enforcement and communities at odds with each other.  Terrorists attacking at every turn.  All I can do is hope and pray 2016 brings about some damn peace because Lord knows we're in need of it.

I know many of you are struggling financially, mentally and physically, and even though life comes at us hard, we must still find a way to press on.  If you haven't figured out by now, time waits for absolutely no one, so whether we like it or not, we've got to press forward.  So, while many of us will be sitting around the table with our families this Thanksgiving, please remember, no matter how bleak our future may seem, there are things you should be thankful for.

If you still have family and friends with you, that's a blessing!  If you have a job, whether you like it or not, be thankful!  If you have a roof over your head, you're doing well!  If you have heat, light and gas to keep you warm and comforted, you're blessed!  If you're eating a meal, you're nourished!  If you have clothes to put on, whether they are new or not, you got it going on!  If you're driving an old clunker and it's beat up, but still has spirit to get you from A to B, you're going to make it!  Trust and believe, we all complain about these things from one time or another, but if you are surviving, you're still in the game.  If your bills are paid, think of the millions of people out of work wishing they could do the same!  At the end of the day, it could always be worse, is the point!  Take some time out to reflect on what you do have, rather than concern yourself with what you don't have.  You're doing way better than many people in the world, if you have all the things I've mentioned above.

My grandma used to say when I'd complain about paying my bills and not having any money left over, "Well at least your bills are paid.  Things will get better in time."  And the funny thing is, she was right.  We go through life worrying over every damn thing, and eventually things really do turn out ok.  Why waste the energy on worry, when God never abandons us. That is, if you're a believer?  I am and always will be.  I know there's no way in the world my family and I wouldn't be where we are, if it weren't for a higher power.  

Remember, it can always be worse, so give thanks for what you have.  Stay strong and forge ahead as we embark, on yet, another year soon to come.

From my family to yours, wishing you a very Pleasant, Safe, and Happy Thanksgiving.  Until next time, Be Blessed!

Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer

There's Always Something to be Thankful For!