Thanksgiving is a day of reflection, a good time to slow down and take some time to consider all we have to be grateful for as firefighters despite the many challenges we face. Feeling grateful doesn’t come naturally, it’s a choice. So today I am grateful for many things, such as a great family, good friends, a nice place to live, food on my table, and a rewarding job as a firefighter. I discovered this poem recently and I believe it describes what a firefighter should be thankful for. Take a moment to read it and reflect on its powerful message.
May your Thanksgiving be more about gratitude and reflection.
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.
It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.
~~ Author Unknown ~~