This week the UK has become obsessed with Black Friday, there are videos and photos all over social media of people rushing to shops to get a bargain, my favourite picture was this one:
The fact is most people in the UK aren’t aware of where Black Friday has come from. In America and Canada the fourth Thursday of November is Thanksgiving and the day after the shops slash the prices of items for a one day only event, very similar to how we in the UK have always had our Boxing Day sales and the shops slash their prices the day after Christmas.
Thanksgiving was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and the preceding year. I think it’s a great thing that our friends across the Atlantic celebrate giving thanks. Having spent Thanksgiving and a Christmas in America I can honestly say the day is as big if not bigger than how we spend Christmas Day in the UK, in my opinion.
Giving thanks and feeling gratitude will change your whole perspective of a situation no matter how bad it seems yet a lot of people will focus on what they don’t have or what they haven’t achieved yet.
I will give you a typical example of how a certain situation that most would see as a negative can be turned into a positive simply by being thankful.
Imagine you are driving down the road, get pulled over and are given a speeding ticket, no one likes them as you know it’s going to cost you money or even worse your licence, so as a result you blame the police officer because you were ‘just over’ the speed limit or the police officer was hiding in the lay by. The fact is, it was you who was speeding. Everyone makes mistakes and as a result deem it to be a bad thing that happens to you. Instead you should think of 10 things you can be thankful for as a result of receiving your speeding ticket. It will leave you feeling much happier if you look at the things you can be thankful for, if you don’t it will be you that suffers the pain and the consequences of the bad stuff anyway.
So lets take the speeding ticket as an example what 10 things could you be thankful for:
- I am thankful for the police for wanting to protect me from harming myself, because after all that was all they were trying to do.
- I’m thankful for the police because if I am honest with myself, I was thinking about other things and I wasn’t concentrating on the road.
- I’m thankful to the police for the wake-up call. Being pulled over did affect me and it will make me watch my speed and drive more carefully in the future.
- I’m thankful for the police because it was foolish to put myself at risk sppeding with a tire that need to be replaced.
- I’m thankful to the police because somehow I had a wild idea that I could speed without getting caught, and without putting myself in danger. The seriousness of the police made me face up to the fact I was putting myself and others in serious danger.
- I am thankful to the police because if I think about my own family being put in danger by others speeding drivers, then I definitely want the police to stop speeding drivers.
- I’m really thankful for the police for the work they do in trying to ensure the safety of every person and family on the road.
- I’m thankful to the police. They must see heartbreaking situations every day, and all they’re trying to do is protect my life and my family’s life.
- I am thankful to the police for making sure that I arrived home safely, and walked through the door to my family as I usually do.
- I am thankful to the police because of all the possible consequences that could have stopped me from speeding, the police pulling me over was the least harmful consequence, and it could have been a life saving decision for me.
So as you will see even in a circumstance that you would normally deem a negative there is always something to be thankful for.
As an exercise think about one of the things that went wrong this week and write down 10 reasons why you are thankful it.
Until next time… make it happen.
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