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12 Items for Which to Give Thanks You May Not Have Considered

November 24, 2010

12 Items for Which to Give Thanks You May Not Have Considered

The American Thanksgiving holiday is an occasion that transcends faith, ethnicity, political orientation and any other distinctions between us. Many of us will be gathered around expressing our thanks for the blessings we enjoy in life, such as good health, family, friends, jobs, freedom, shelter, security, and other gifts for which we are grateful.

On this occasion we offer a list of twelve items for which to give thanks that may not have occurred to you. Both of us also are thankful for:

  1. The ability to help others in ways that can make our lives and their lives more fulfilling
  2. A set of values for guiding our choices and actions
  3. The opportunity to right wrongs
  4. The opportunity to repair or restore damaged relationships
  5. The little things we can do for others that matter most to them – that make them feel appreciated, loved, understood, and valued
  6. The time to make new choices that can improve our own lives and those we touch
  7. The ability to take initiative to create a greater good, give back, or pay forward – to be generous with our time, effort, abilities, and other resources.
  8. The possibilities we can identify and pursue that are exciting, rejuvenating, and make us feel alive and full of potential – and express our spirit
  9. The guidance that spirit provides in our lives
  10. Teachers who have helped us to grow and evolve on our path
  11. The opportunity to become better persons
  12. The coming year in which we can help others have more to be thankful for by the next Thanksgiving.

How many of these can you add to the list of things for which you are thankful?

Our best for a very warm, safe, and joyous Thanksgiving, and for all the blessings of life,

Steve and Robin

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Steve Weitzenkorn, Ph.D., is a learning innovator, organizational advisor, experienced facilitator.

Robin Damsky is the rabbi of West Suburban Temple Har Zion in River Forest, Illinois.

Steve and Robin are co-authors of Find-Fulfill-Flourish: Discover Your Purpose with LifePath GPS – a book, website, and workshop series focused on guiding people toward more meaningful and fulfilling lives.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. elleonthego permalink
    November 24, 2010 8:37 am

    Thank you for your comment. I love your post, it’s so easy to forget the true meanings of life. There are so many things we can be thankful for, instead of focusing on the past and unhappy memories.
    Happy Thanksgiving!


    • November 24, 2010 8:50 am

      Thanks for your kind words and sharing your thoughts. You are so right about letting go of unhappy memories. Too many people are weighed down by them and keep carrying them around. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. November 24, 2010 9:00 am

    Very nice post. I especially liked #7 and paying it forward. It is always amazing how much we can gain from giving of our time, talents and treasures to others. I hope that you have great happiness in this season of giving thanks!


    • November 24, 2010 9:30 am

      Thanks for your feedback and sharing your insights. We can be deeply enriched by giving our time and energy to help others and create a greater good. My best for a great Thanksgiving!

  3. November 24, 2010 10:53 am


    This is a beautiful list of things to be thankful for. It’s wonderful to consider that we can be thankful for the opportunties and possibilities we have to assist and encourage others.
    Thank you for this reminder!

    Have a Thanksgiving full of joy and blessings.


  4. Susan A. permalink
    November 24, 2010 11:01 am

    I can’t even pick one from the list that is better than the others. Everything you listed is great. Thanks for helping us all to remember what we should be thankful for!

    This year hasn’t been one of my best, but there have been good parts of it that I’m thankful for. Sometimes, you also have to remember that things can always be worse, much worse.

    • November 24, 2010 11:36 am

      It is nice to hear from you and I appreciate your feedback. I hope the coming year is much, much better for you.
      Wishing you a very good Thanksgiving!

      • Susan A. permalink
        November 24, 2010 11:40 am


        Thankyou. I hope it is better too and that you have a great year next year as well. Happy Thanksgiving!


  5. November 30, 2010 12:11 am


    You have a very positive blog and message. I am glad you visited my blog and told me about Find Fulfill Flourish. Too often there are not enough positive websites out there such as this one and I am certainaly richer for having experienced it. Thanks for all you do and I look forward to reading more of your posts!

    Remember, Shalom and Salaam = Peace
    Pakistanis for Peace

    • November 30, 2010 6:59 am


      I appreciate your kind comments and feedback. It’s especially nice to hear from someone like you who is engaged in such important work. I look forward to hearing from you again.

      Wishing you the best,

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