Everyone knows how this goes. And it’s real simple. No need to link or google or even #Hashtag. Today, many around the country and in household or other areas, we Americans will be celebrating that holiday of food called Thanksgiving. From the Parades, to the NFL Games or other new traditional ideas that will boost the food day. And yes, there will be us going out to the clubs and shaking off the pounds to get loose for Christmas.
And yes, there will be constant reminders of the horrors that our Native American brothers and sisters will not participate in this Thanksgiving Day due to the killing of their ancestors outside of a church on a Sunday morning many moons ago. Henceforth, The National Day of Mourning.
But this holiday, yes does have the two words of Be Thankful of the things and ideas we already have. So here in it’s almost decade tradition, here is another traditional Stephen’s Spot Thanksgiving Blog of “Be Thankful”. Break out the tablets, Smartphones, PC’s or laptops. Start reading!
If you have a job that is good for you, be thankful.
If you don’t have a job and still looking and not giving up, be thankful!
If you have good insurance, be thankful.
If you have a good car or truck that gets you to work everyday, be thankful.
If you have an idea or a lead to get a good doctor, but don’t have one, but still want to get that monkey off your back, STILL be thankful about improving your health.
If you have a cool dentist, be thankful.
If you have voted this year despite of the viewpoints of this hard election year, be thankful.
If you have lost loved ones this year, and still feel down that the space is empty or the chair is empty, and you want to fill it up with a new generation of family members that want to pull ahead, be thankful.
If you had folks praying for you for all the things you’ve been experienced no matter good or bad, be thankful that there are folks that know, and are in your corner.
If you are expecting a raise in 2017 and will be getting it, be thankful!
Love your gifts and talents that are unappreciated? And still do them? Be thankful!
If you still got your parents as your back up, be thankful that they still care.
If you have a sibling in the freaking hospital, who is being taken care of, and you go there EVERYDAY, and hearing good news about coming home real soon, and I know this: BE THANKFUL!
Got good neighbors that know you? Be thankful.
Got a good plan to get that next step in your career, or a different career, and a mindset? Be thankful.
Expecting a milestone birthday? And willing to kick off a new fresh slate? Or had experienced it already? Be thankful.
Expecting a milestone anniversary? Or already did it? Be thankful.
If you are very introverted, and darn proud of it, and not ashamed to tell about it, be thankful!
Single and not in a relationship? Be thankful.
Married with or without kids? Be thankful.
Single and no kids? Be thankful.
Divorced? Be thankful.
Still have a church home that you stay and willing to have your kids to grow IN THE CHURCH? Be thankful.
If you have been given a side gig, and love it to be paid with that cash money or checks, be thankful.
Got a good pet? Be thankful.
If you give back to your community, your Alumni, your Church, your Scholarship Committees, your Fraternity, your Sorority, your Unions or other groups that have been treating you good all this time, be thankful!
If you have served in your community as a Election Inspector (like me) for 10 years or more and still work, BE THANKFUL!
If you have celebrated YOUR 10th anniversary as a Alum of your College or University(like me) , and still want to give back for another 10 years, BE THANKFUL.
If you appreciate the value of your former teachers or coaches, or former principals, of anyone that knew your value of education, be thankful.
If you can’t wait to eat to your meal that gives you life, be thankful.
If you read my old blogs that I can’t control of the reading, but still want to read what I want to say regardless from my black point of view, be thankful! Not just for me, but for you.
If you got stuff in your house that you want to give away, be thankful.
Got a good business? And it’s good for you to make that money like Uber or Lyft or It Works? Hey, be thankful!
If you switched your career to a new company in the past year, or will go to a new company, be thankful!
If you got many reachable sources to give, or to provide, or to share, and it’s really catching on, you better be thankful!
If you are looking forward to another holiday weekend of fun, be thankful.
If you are NOT shopping on Black Friday, but willing to spend Black Friday outdoors in the woods or parks, Be Thankful!
If you are not shopping on Black Friday, but willing to spend your cash at a local business, be thankful.
If you can’t wait to deck your halls for Christmas or Hanukah, or Kwanzaa, Be Thankful.
If you written a thank you note to the Obamas for their 8 years of service to this country, BE THANKFUL!
If you feel that my blogs are reaching to those who want to know something, and it’s been working, but want me go harder than this, tell me: should I be thankful for this talent like over 10 years?
If you are breathing right now normally: be thankful.
If you are walking tall real good, be thankful.
If you condemn any racist act on the internet, social media, at your job, or in the house, or in the neighborhood, or any act of disrespect, and you had to write letters of complaints to a certain company, STILL be thankful!
If you bought appliances for your house to use for another 10 years, be thankful!
If you got a plan to take a vacation, be thankful.
If you still got your old game systems on a Throwback Thursday, be thankful!
If you still listen to your old school joints on your radio, or maybe some new school material, be thankful.
If you are a conscious-minded person, a defensive-minded person that you know is best, for your own opinions, be thankful!
For my Sagittarian readers: guess what? It’s our season. Are we thankful? (SAGS RULE!)
And finally: If I missed anything that many have thought about, and it’s good: we all should be and forever so thankful that we must march on. Like they say at the black funerals: It’s already been said.
“Be thankful for all you got!” – Natalie Cole (1950-2015)