30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges

Day #27 – I’m thankful for electricity

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.

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Day #26 – I’m thankful for a clean bed to sleep in

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 🙂

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Day #25 – I’m thankful for media

Simply put: it is through media that we get informed and entertained. So, I’m thankful. Today, I want to share a short video on how media influences society (I’m a communications and media major, so these things stand-out to me :-).

Feel free to share you comments.

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Day #23 – I’m thankful for science

For as long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed the sciences, and trying to understand how the world operates. From physics, to chemistry, biology to geology  and astronomy— studying science is an ongoing activity which I hope to continue all my days.

I’m thankful for science because it helps me to learn about the natural world (and the universe), in addition to giving me some cool skills and keeping me busy 🙂

What’s your favorite kinds of science, and why are you thankful for science?

(If you’re bored

, you can read up on Mass-energy equivalence (a.k.a., E=mc2) at Wikipedia.org via the following link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass%E2%80%93energy_equivalence)

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Day #20 – I’m thankful for fresh water

Yes, I know the video is probably from the late 80s or early 90s, but it took everything I was going to say. If a fresh bath and shower, and some good clean water to drink and use to clean your dishes isn’t enough for you, then I don’t know what to say. [And, let’s remember that you probably don’t have to walk too far to go to your sink or faucet and get the water either— that’s a blessing! Most people probably dream of having a bottle of water— God has blessed us Americans to have a superabundance of water!]

God, I thank you for fresh water!

I don’t want to end this post without sharing that there is a great way to help those who need fresh water by supporting the Solea Water Project. Please visit their website to learn more.

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Day #19 – I’m thankful for poetry

Iambs and pentameters. Melody, rhythm and rhyme. Poetry are words which dance on a page. Or, in the heart. And sometimes, they flow from the mouth and pierce others’ minds with notions…and thoughts…and lessons…ideas…and on…and on…and on.

Poetry is what I do when I am not physically dancing, singing, drawing, or playing a musical instrument. In other words, if I’m not dancing, then I’m probably, singing. If I’m not singing, then I’m probably, reading, writing, reciting, or thinking about… a poem.

You may wonder why I like poetry so much. For now, the answer to that question is simple: I don’t know why. But I can tell you that poetry is to me what music is to dance, what peanut butter is to jelly, and what ham is to burger. I love poetry, and I thank God for giving mankind the ability to create poetry.

I want to share with you some of my favorite poems featured at the GoodPoetry Journal at http://www.GoodPoetry.org. Click the following links to hear and read them.

And before you go, please tell me what do you like about poetry? Who are your favorite poets? And, what are your favorite poems? Please feel free to post them on this blog.



Day #18 – I’m thankful for little children

They are innocent. Reslient. And in many cases, brave. Children are full of imagination, wonder and appreciation for some of life’s littlest things.

A few years back, I attended a poetry seminar in Columbia, Missouri where my fellow writers and I were asked a question by one of the coordinators which struck a chord in my heart: “What happened to your confidence since you were two and three years old?”

A sudden silence fell upon the room, and we were all waiting for her to answer the question. She then asked another question: “What happened to you from the time you were a toddler until now which make you lack self-confidence?” I was amazed at her wisdom.

Her questions and following remarks made me begin to wonder what had happened to my self-confidence since I was a little child until that point, and even until now! I was fifteen years old when I attended that writer’s seminar, and now, I’m 28 years old! Since then, I have used the woman’s line of questioning and following remarks as a sort of guide in my own life to serve as a constant reminder that fearful and self-conscious people tend to be unhappy, lack motivation and feel unaccomplished in their lives.

This is why I’m thankful for children. That workshop serves as a constant reminder for me to always embrace the freedom of childhood as it relates to having a merry and worry-free heart.

So, I take this time to say, “Thank you God, for little children.” They remind me of the life that you want me to live: free, worry-free, and happy.

[Dear Readers: I realize that there are also hurting children in every part of the world. If you know of a hurting child, or children, then please do what you can to make a positive and healthy impact in their lives. Children are a precious gift from God, and should regarded as such.]

What good things come to your heart when you think of children?