Poem: I Am Thankful

When I read this poem, it really stirred something in me and also made me realize the many “small” things in which we miss to give thanks for daily and the people who make giving thanks worthwhile. The bible says “In Everything, Give Thanks!(1 Thess 5:18). No matter what situation or circumstance we may face, while it may be hard to do given the situation; We should be thankful for all things GREAT and small.


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I am thankful for the wife who says it’s hot dogs tonight because she is home with me and not with someone else.

For the husband who is on the sofa who is being a couch potato because he is home with me and not out at the bars.

For the teenager who is complaining about doing dishes, because that he or she is at home, not on the streets.

For the taxes that I pay, because it means that I’m employed.

For the mess to clean after a party, because it means that I’ve been surrounded by friends.

For the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have enough to eat.

For my shadow that watches me work, because it means I am in the sunshine.

For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing, because it means I have a home.

For all the complaining I hear about the government, because it means that we have freedom of speech.

For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot, because it means I am able to walk and that I have been blessed with transportation.

For my huge heating bill, because it means I am warm.

For the lady behind me in church that sings off key, because it means that I can hear.

For the pile of laundry and ironing, because it means I have clothes to wear.

For weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day, because it means I have been capable of working hard.

For the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours, because it means that I am alive.

Finally, for too much email, because it means I have friends who are thinking of me.

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While there are lots of negative things we can complain about; the news displays those things everyday – there are even more wonderful things to be THANKFUL about!, as the poem above so graciously reminds us of all those “small” things everyday.

Wishing you and your family a very blessed and safe Thanksgiving!!


Roshonda N. Blackmon – Creator of A Blog, A Magazine. It’s JustsumInspiration, Author, Speaker & Encourager

Let’s Live Well, Laugh Loud, Inspire Often & Love Hard!


Becoming A Thankful Person

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Have you ever met someone that no matter how good something was, they always found a reason to complain about it? Life has many ups and downs, curve balls, left hand swings, but just because life may have decided to put you in a bad situation, doesn’t mean that there aren’t little glimmers of light that shine through in which we should give thanks for.

There are countless situations in which we can find reasons to complain about such as our jobs, but there are many people whom can’t seem to catch a break in finding the good in it. We complain about the cars we drive, but there’s someone out there who has to walk or take public transit everywhere they go.


We complain about our kids, but there are people out there who would love to have one, but can’t. While there are many things we can complain about, there are also many things we should and can be thankful about as well.

Listed below are a couple of tips to help you become a little more thankful on any given day, no matter what situation or circumstance life has left on our doorstep.

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Becoming A Thankful Person – Every..Single..Day

You should always be thankful for the life, health, and strength that you have and are given each day. This may be a minute thing, but when you look around at the people who aren’t so fortunate to have those things, it can make your day and your heart of gratitude that much more special. Every day above ground is truly a miracle; a miracle that everyone doesn’t have.

Being Thankful for Everything “YOU” Have 

It’s easy to look at someone else’s situation and think that they have it so much better than us; we covet what they have thinking its better.

In reality, we’re all outsiders looking into someone else’s window. What we don’t see is how they too are struggling just like us, it might be a different struggle but we’re all in the same boat. While you’re looking into someone else’s window wishing for what they have, someone is looking through your window wishing they had what you got.

Being Thankful for Our Relationships 

We should be thankful for our friendships as well as be grateful for our moms, dads, sisters and brothers no matter how close or distant you may be from them.

Family and friends are so important. Most times we don’t realize how blessed we are to have a family or loved ones in our corner until it’s too late and there are many people who wish that can have such relationships.

Being Thankful for Both small & BIG Things 

We should give thanks in everything, even the small things. We should always be thankful, from the smallest things such as being able to eat what you want to the bigger things like receiving a promotion or getting the job of your dreams.


Every day is a gift, and it’s a gift that should be cherished no matter the outcome, circumstance or situation that life may bring. Giving thanks is not meant for a particular day or season. Instead, it’s a lifestyle that we should aim to have every day of the year.

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT

See ya in the next Post!!

Roshonda N. Blackmon – Creator of A Blog, A Magazine. It’s JustsumInspiration, Author, Speaker & Encourager

Let’s Live Well, Laugh Loud, Inspire Often & Love Hard!