There are many things we (myself included) take for granted: One wakes up in the morning; they don’t realize it’s actually a gift, because someone slept and never woke up.
One affords three (or more) meals a day; they don’t realize it’s a gift, because there’s someone who scavenges for leftovers from other people’s garbage; to them eating isn’t a guarantee.
One has a roof over their head (it doesn’t have to be a mansion); they don’t realize it’s a gift, because there’s someone who sleeps in public tunnels, or on sidewalks in the extreme cold.
One gets access to clean water; they don’t realize it’s a gift, because there’s someone who doesn’t know the joy of taking a bath/shower atleast once in a day; they don’t know how it feels to drink a glass of clean water.
One has an abundant supply of pads/tampons every month; they don’t realize it’s actually a gift, because there’s a girl somewhere who lives in constant anxiety, dreading when their ‘aunt flo’ visits because they can’t afford it.
One gets into the shower and gets out in one piece; they don’t realize it’s a gift because someone walked in there and was taken out in a body bag because they slipped and broke their skull…
One leaves their house and gets back in one piece; they don’t realize it’s actually a gift; there’s someone who left but never came back because they were involved in a car crash or got run over by a speeding vehicle when crossing the road.
The air we breathe; it’s free. But sometimes we take it for granted, not realizing it’s actually a gift because there’s someone lying in hospital on life support; there are people walking around in gas masks because the air around them is so contaminated.
I could keep going on…and on…but the point is, there’s so much we ought to be thankful for. Most of us don’t appreciate what we have until we lose it. Each day is a new opportunity to appreciate what God has given us; it may not be as good as we would wish for it to be, but it’s better than nothing. And as it turns out, when we’re thankful for small things, we invite blessings into our lives; like Joel Osteen says, “When praises go up, blessings come down.”
So, what are you thankful for?