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Real Answers to the ‘Thankful’ Question

Posted November 26, 2013 by Peggy Harrington in Life After Five
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It’s a rather common word that nearly any person would be able to define. However, it always seems to be the case that the simplest words have the most complex meaning. What exactly does thankfulness mean to you?

What are you thankful for?

These questions seem to be brought up much more frequently around the holiday season. Most people tend to skirt around the question and give the generic answers such as family, friends and health and while these are all very true and are things that you should be thankful for, they seem to carry less and less meaning.

My uncle is a priest and for most family occasions he has us all go around the room and say what we are thankful for. With a large family and an uncle who will call you out on it, it’s much more difficult to get away with these generic responses. He urges us to be unique and authentic with our responses. The funny thing is that the little kids are the ones who often times give the best responses while the older cousins and adults can be seen worrying about crafting the perfect response. The difference is the kids don’t think about what they should say or how others will view their answers; but rather state exactly what they are thankful for in the moment.

So what if they are thankful for the fact that they get to eat mac&cheese instead of the Thanksgiving food? The important thing is that they really mean it.

If you were asked right at this moment for a completely honest answer as to what you are thankful for, what would it be?

For me it would be the fact that after a long night my best friend drove me to McDonalds so that we could enjoy a much needed large diet coke. While this may seem trivial compared to being thankful for the fact that I have a home and enough money for food, it is much more honest and therefore meaningful. It’s okay to be thankful for the simple joys in life and I personally find it refreshing when people have this type of candid response.

This holiday season I urge you to spend a little time every day thinking about what you are truly thankful for and the next time you are asked this question, make your response as genuine as possible.

About the Author

Peggy Harrington

Peggy Harrington is a bubbly and multitasking senior at Marquette University in Milwaukee Wisconsin. She is thrilled to be the Events Marketing Specialist for Career Girl Network. Peggy loves fashion, working out, planning fabulous events and traveling! She is currently a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista and writes a post for the What to Wear column every Thursday. Peggy lives her life according to one of her favorite quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson which states that “nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”