A few months ago, I challenged myself to reflect on 30 reasons why I’m thankful, and to write about them. That challenge ended a few weeks ago, and I’m more thankful than ever. So, now, I’m going to post more often about the things, experiences, and people, for which I’m thankful. I believe that thankfulness helps us to be more content in our daily lives.
So, the tab on this site which read, “30 Days of Thankfulness” now simply reads, “Thank You”.
Join me each and I’ll share why I’m thankful!
Share Why You’re Thankful!
You can share why your thankful on the TDarrisBlog by posting in the comments sections of each post, or, if you send your “Thankfulness Story” to me via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, your story could be featured on the TDarrisBlog.
In a previous post, I shared that I’m thankful for the freedom to choose. As a part of that freedom, I chose to become educated, and I I choose to be a lifelong learner. This is because the world is full of great things, ideas and people, and I’d like to learn about them while I’m along for the ride called, “life”. I enjoy learning at the University, and I also enjoy learning through interaction with people, the Internet, and exhibitions.
I want to focus this post on the fact that I am thankful that I have been educated through all of these means, and I am grateful to everyone who has taught me. I am one of the few of the billions of people in the world who is preparing to work on a doctoral degree, and has the time, knowledge skills and abilities to write scholarly essays and articles. I think that it’s safe to say that most of the people in the world could care less because they have to concern themselves with caring for themselves and their families and therefore don’t have the time, resources or opportunities to earn an education. And that’s okay, because there’s nothing wrong with providing for one’s family.
But, I’m thankful that I can use the education I’ve earned to help others in their areas of need.
God, I thank you for blessing me with the opportunities You’ve given me to become educated.
I used Internet to write this post and website. You are reading this post. All of this happened because we’re using the Internet. I’m thankful.
Enjoy this video about the “Power of the Internet” and share your thoughts 🙂
If you are reading this post, then electricity had something to do with. You could be reading this post on paper. But the simple fact that this post was first published on the Internet (which is currently inseparable from electricity), it was readable because of electricity.
We Americans are blessed beyond compare. More often, than not, we walk into rooms and flick switches, clap hands, or simply walk in, and the room is powered by electricity enabling us to watch television, play video games, talk on telephones, charge mobile phones and cook food indoors without the need for fire and fuel sources.
Electricity, like any resource, can be wasted. So, I admonish each of you to use it wisely and in a conservative manner. Why leave a light on when no one is in the room to use the light? Of course, certain appliances, like the refrigerator and freezer, should remain powered. But is it necessary to keep items which are not essential to our well-being powered on? I’m not being a “treehugger”, I just hope to get you thinking about the resources we have and consider how we can keep them for as long as possible.
I’m also making these points because I’ve learned that the electric company charges for the low charge that remains constant while your DVD player, radio and television are sitting their plugged into the wall waiting for you to come and watch and listen to them again. After I learned this, I started unplugging things which I am not currently using—with the exception of (again) the refrigerator, freezer and other necessary items.
Millions (probably billions) of people in the world do not have a clean bed to sleep in. And from what I’ve learned, most of them don’t even have beds to begin with and therefore whether or not the bed was clean wouldn’t even be a factor.
Do you know what kinds of critters typically travel across most people’s floors at night? So, then think about the kinds of creatures which travel across the grounds on which people sleep as a result of not having a bed to sleep in.
I’ve slept in a bed my entire life. It seems that most people in the world cannot say this. Therefore, I should be thankful for this and more— and I am!
What would your life be like if you did not sleep in a bed? Even if you have to share your bed with others, or even if you sleep on a couch— the point is that you are not sleeping on a floor, nor on the ground.
God, I thank you for my bed 🙂