Stop! Remember what you have to be thankful for!
Put some gratitude in your attitude!
We can think of a hundred things wrong with our life…or even ten. But the best thing to focus on is one thing that’s right with our life. One time, I got a flat tire late at night on a dark country road in northern Israel. I was driving a Chevy van – and not a Volkswagon Beetle – and there was no way I could change that flat tire. And this was before cell phones. I sat on the side of the road, waiting. And as I waited I started with A and thought of what I had to be grateful for that began with A. I went all the way through the alphabet once and by the time I started again, help showed up.
I love that prayer, “Thank You for everything You have given me, everything You have taken away, and everything You have left me.”
What do you have to be thankful for today?
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Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.