Stop and Be Thankful
Most of us have so much to be thankful for and yet we complain about all the things that don’t go right or that we don’t have. This season, as we approach the day that is designed for us to reflect, look around you. Do you have a roof over your head? (Yes, but it needs updating.) Are you reading this on an electronic device that gives you access to anything you can imagine? (Yes, but it is slow.) Do you have a vehicle or have access to one? (Yes, but it has 140,000 miles on it.) Do you have food in your refrigerator? (Yes, but nothing good.) “Yes, but” can get in the way of our peace and can cause us to be negative.
Social media, the internet, television and movies can make us feel inadequate. We see others through the lens they want us to see them through. It is tempting to compare ourselves to what we see and think that we don’t measure up in some way. There will always be someone that has more, looks better and seems to have it easier. We don’t know what goes on behind closed doors and we may not know what it took for them to get there.
This Thanksgiving, I vow to be thankful for the things I do have – and for who I am. I will see the positive. I will smile and slow down. I hope you take the time to reflect on the good things in your life. There will always be those negative voices but don’t give into them. Focus on the good – be thankful, and you may be surprised at how your perspective and your attitude will change.
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur babies, Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.