A Time To Be Thankful

A Time to be Thankful by Charlie Page

People are funny creatures. We can be greedy and impatient one day, kind and considerate the next.

And always we are unendingly complicated.

Take being thankful for example. Many cultures dedicate a day to thankfulness. In America we have an actual holiday dedicated just to expressing thankfulness.

That’s good I suppose (one day is better than none) but what about Tuesday morning, or the next 12 minutes? Are we thankful then too?

Allow me to share five ways in which I’m thankful, and I’ll bet that you find you are thankful for many of the same things too.

FAITH

I’m not selling anything here and I’m no preacher, but I must say that I am so very thankful for my faith.

Faith has been a constant in my life for almost 30 years. I have hard times and good times and great times and horrible times, just like everyone else.

But in the midst of all of that, I know there is someone greater than me, guiding my steps, and I know He is there … always.

No words of mine can express how good that is, but you can count yourself blessed indeed if you know what I’m talking about.

FREEDOM

You are reading this on a computer connected to the Internet. In contrast, many countries will forever deny their citizens the ability to do what we do everyday – sign on and read email – for fear that truth will set them free.

If you live in America, your Constitution guarantees you life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. You have rights. You have the right of free speech, the right to peacefully assemble and to protest.

Students in Tiananmen Square made the ultimate sacrifice on June 4th, 1989 in an attempt to gain for them a right that we in America have enjoyed for over 200 years.

We move freely from state to state with no border guards. We are free to worship as we choose. We have access to our elected officials. If we don’t like something they do, we can vote them out of office.

For these things we should be grateful indeed, because they ensure our continued freedom and ability to determine our own fate.

Are you free today? If so, take time to thank someone who fought for that freedom. Not just on Memorial Day or Veterans Day, but every day.

FAMILY

Nothing in the world can replace the happiness that family brings. My family is probably as weird and wonderful as your own, and sometimes I shake my head in disbelief and say that no one would believe the “crazy uncle Joe” stories if I told them.

But I’m thankful every day for my family, and for the way I was raised. It makes me tremble to think of how different my life as a child was from today’s children, and I’ll be forever thankful for being raised in a place and time where things like innocence and integrity and the truth mattered.

The day I was married was the most life-changing day I could have imagined. Suddenly, two people became one. That she wanted an old shoe like me is a mystery I still can’t figure out, but I’ve long since stopped second-guessing my wife. Certainly she had her reasons.

I’m just glad she didn’t change her mind.  ;)

The day I became a dad the world started making more sense than ever before, and I knew in a way that can’t be expressed why I was on this earth.

If you’re a parent, you know too.

No greater privilege exists. No greater stewardship can be granted. No greater joy can be experienced.

If you are part of a family, you can be thankful right now too.

FORTUNE

Here’s the good news … you are rich right now.

The sheer fact that you are reading this article means you are better off than 2 billion (yes – that is a “B”) citizens of planet earth who can’t read.

If you know, right now, where your next meal will come from you are better off than 17% of children living in America. The rates for other countries are staggeringly high.

In these things and more, most of us are privileged in ways that others only dream of.

Our world encourages us to be competitive, to win. These are necessary traits if we are to progress. Progress is necessary and good.

Yet the siren song of business, the desire for double digit growth and the constant comparisons of ourselves to others often cause us to forget that we have so much more than we think.

If you ate a meal today, you can be thankful indeed. Many people did not.

FUTURE

The Internet itself is a reason for great thanksgiving. It may seem cliché, but the fact remains that in no other time in the history of the world has it been easier to open your own business and change your circumstances.

For many the Internet is not a convenience, but rather the only way out of desperate circumstances.

A computer programmer in one of the formerly Communist countries of Eastern Europe found his way out of poverty by selling his services cheaply over the Internet.

Providing excellent customer service and thankful for the opportunity itself, the income he earns makes possible such “luxuries” as proper medical care and a steady food supply.

While the average per capita income in his country remains under $1000 U.S. he eclipses that number and is building a future for himself and his extended family.

We in America view Thanksgiving as a one-day event, yet one can guess that it’s Thanksgiving every day in his home.

My knees buckle when I think of how much I have to be thankful for, and no list would be complete without including you.

The honor of working for myself, serving clients and readers for so many years, is more than I ever thought would happen to me.

That’s my list. I’m thankful for it all, and want you to know that includes you.

Now let me encourage you to take just a few minutes right now and make a list of your own. Then tell the people on that list that you are thankful for them today, while you can and while it’s fresh on your mind.

If you are having difficulty finding your blessings, try starting with these simple questions.

* Do you live free today?
* Does someone love you today?
* Have you heard children’s laughter?
* Are you part of a family?

The more you think, the more you will realize that you are blessed indeed. When we harbor the illusion that we can change the future, and allow our thoughts to stay there, we forget the joys of today.

We must not let the speed of the Internet or the constant demands of our business life steal our sense of well-being and appreciation for the people in our lives.

There will be plenty of time for websites and talk of income later. Today is a day for being thankful and counting every blessing twice. Count yours today and every day and you will find that you are rich indeed.

Charlie Page Sig

Charlie Page

Happily married for 39 years, Charlie is the dad to two wonderful daughters. He is the author of 10 books on Internet marketing and owner of The Directory of Ezines, Follow Up Selling Systems, Common Sense Blog Blueprint and other membership sites.

55 Comments

  • Mark Mansfield

    Reply Reply November 28, 2013

    Hey Charlie, thanks for this, it is great to remember our blessings. Yes we all have ups & downs. My Dad died on 28th. Twelve months ago. We still miss him but we also remember our blessings too. I’m glad you always have a link to print or save all your stuff, as I reread it often. Thanks again. Mark M

    • Charlie Page

      Reply Reply November 29, 2013

      Sorry for your loss. My father in law passed away last month and it’s hard. Like you, we are focusing on the blessings. Appreciate your comments.

      Charlie

  • Chris & Susan Beesley

    Reply Reply November 28, 2013

    Thank you Charlie for a year of pure value blogging and sharing of knowledge in a world that isn’t quite like that … We hope that we continue to emulate your fine example

    Chris and Susan

  • Al

    Reply Reply November 27, 2013

    Charlie!
    Thank you for the powerful post and for reminding us what is really important in our lives.
    Cheers,
    Al

    • Charlie Page

      Reply Reply November 27, 2013

      Thank you Al. I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

  • Susan

    Reply Reply November 27, 2013

    Mr. Page

    Thank you very much for such a wonderful message. You may never realize its impact on those who read it. I found my tears running freely as I read it. God led you to do that. What touches me most is to know that there is a God fearing, real person on the internet.

    I ran away for my life from Africa 4 years ago and life in the USA has been a struggle, but I thank God to be alive. I am thankful for the blessing of living in a free country, for the selfless souls who sacrifice their lives to ensure people in this great land are secure and free. That is what most countries elsewhere fight for. To say that I am blessed to be alive and in America today is an understatement. I have been scammed so many times and I have been earnestly praying God to lead me to a path of income on the internet that will help me support my family back home.

    What touched me most in your message is the bit about children’s laughter. I once enjoyed and I thought I will have to find a way to record my kid’s laughter and play that back often. Yet I thank God more because there are those who never had children, so they have never experienced that joy. Or those without a job, or a roof over their head, or expectation of a meal, or the hope to live another day… the list is endless.

    I thank God again that on a day when am desperately looking for a means to better my financial status, He sent me a message reminding me to be thankful of all the many other blessings in my life. Yes, today and the rest of the days, are days of thanksgiving, no matter what is happening in our lives.

    Thank you Mr. Page.

    Susan.

    • Charlie Page

      Reply Reply November 27, 2013

      Thank you Susan for such a beautiful message. I will be praying for you and that you find the answers you are seeking.

      I believe everyone can make a living online if they follow their passions and follow a proven business path.

      Stay well,

      Charlie

  • John

    Reply Reply November 27, 2013

    Hello Charlie,

    Absolutely! If we would all (myself included) just live and “embrace” in the ever present moment each day, making the right choices moving forward, while keeping uppermost in our minds that we are here to SERVE others, all of the chaos and corruption online and offline would eventually be annihilated.

    Many Blessings to you and yours,

    John

    • Charlie Page

      Reply Reply November 27, 2013

      I agree completely. All we can do is what WE can do. Serving others, and ignoring it when people use bad methods to get ahead, lead to more peace of mind and more prosperity too. The good can, and will, overcome and overwhelm the bad.

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

      Charlie

  • Michael

    Reply Reply November 27, 2013

    Wow! 4 years later….still works
    I wish I had the dough to make money with your teaching. I am rebuilding my life after a punishment for a crime the state of Indiana made happen by committing me to taking Paxil. I have never been in trouble my entire 52 years other than that. I will come up with the money to join you if it kills me. I haven’t seen my young children for 6 years. But now I have a new one and just finished teaching my 16 year old stepdaughter how to drive. I had more than one guy tell me I would get it all back when I was locked up. I think He was speaking to me then. Think I’ll write a book. lol Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
    Michael

  • Belli Osuna

    Reply Reply November 27, 2013

    May The Bounty Of The Season Fill Your Heart And Your Home…Thanks for the Giving

  • Paul Warner

    Reply Reply November 27, 2013

    I am glad to be alive, and in being alive I can still be creative, productive and hopefully a good influence and regarded as a good person. I am glad for the creative, inventive minds that exist in this country so that we can still see incredible things that are worth being alive to see, and I am glad to be alive to watch our most important asset, children, grow and become future leaders, inventors, teachers and more, to lead hopefully toward a better planet.

  • Richard V.

    Reply Reply March 13, 2010

    Hello Charlie,

    Yours is truly a unique voice in the din of hype, elevated claims and false promises today. Your longevity is evidence of your value and worth. As a new member into this incredible world of Internet Marketing, your calm, solid wisdom is a balm to an otherwise frantic and easily swayed soul.

    Thank your for your gift. Not just your knowledge, wisdom and experience but your human core that reaches beyond mere success and exploding bank accounts. While we all want to succeed and have the freedoms that can be obtained, you remind us of the most important things that will endure until the end. Family, love, health and gratitude can never be measured as to their worth. They are priceless.

    I am proud to be a new member of your group (as of today) and do so look forward to learning and growing through your guidance and experience.

    I am certainly grateful for you.

    Richard Veckruise
    Charlotte, NC

  • Gloria Slater

    Reply Reply February 12, 2010

    I’m thankful to be part of an organization whose head not only can write such an article, but who has the heart to really feel everything you wrote. Thank you for this. I’ve been around long enough to know that it’s all true and I am blessed just to know it. Thank you.

  • Ron

    Reply Reply January 2, 2010

    Hello Charlie,
    Great post! You are right on about being Thankful. If we, as the people of the USA would just stop and count our blessings, give thanks to God for those blessings and be content with them we would experience a peace that only can come from God.

    God Bless
    Ron

  • Suzette Griffith

    Reply Reply January 2, 2010

    A blessed, prosperous and God filled 2010 to you and family and all those you share with. A truly inspiring message to really make us reflect on our lives and see what we have but not realised by our own hands or some great thing we did. May we all not look back to the past year and its hardships but keep looking forward to the prize thats before us.

    Lord I thank you for all who care enough. May your love touch us all as we spread your truth and encourage those who are less fortunate.
    Love through Christ who first loved us.

    Suzette

  • Dushan Kokar

    Reply Reply January 2, 2010

    Thank you my friend. It’s an honor and privilege to receive your thoughts and be truly thankful to have YOU as a True Friend. Yes, we should be thankful every single day for all we have.

    I grow up in Eastern Europe and know how fortunate we are here in North America.

    May God bless You Charlie Page.

  • Michael Nair

    Reply Reply January 2, 2010

    Hi Charlie,

    A great message…a good one to start the new year with. The simple things that we hardly consider are the ones that are truly important. Thank You for that article. I’m going to put it on my blog and pass on the message that as important as building the business is it’s not the only thing.

    I agree wholeheartedly and understand completely when you mention about being thankful for faith but it’s not in faith alone that I’m thankful for but who I have that faith in… Thanks again and to everyone here and in the DOE I wish you a Blessed New Year!

  • Marion Hickman

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Hello Charlie,

    I appreciate coming in contact with you through Mack from the Maverick Coach
    -ing Club. I have a lot to learn about how to be sucessful on the Internet but I
    thank the Lord for His leading me to you so I can be taught about the internet
    and use it to become prosperous. My main goal is to use the finance I get
    from the internet to put it towards God Kingdom so that the Gospel can be
    preached in all the World, (I also want to buy my own house) I’m tired of
    wasting money on rent and have nothing to show for it or give to my two sons
    when I pass on and go to Heaven. I love the Lord with all my heart & I believe
    if we put Him First in everything He will look after us, He said He would, the
    secret to this is seek ye FIRST the Kingdom of God. I thank you also for being
    availabe to give of your time to teach me about how to be sucessful on the
    Internet, again I say thank you and I thank the Lord for giving me this opportunity. The Key to True Freedom is Love the Lord with all your heart and
    put him FIRST in every thing we do. (Sorry I haven’t got a website)
    Happy New Year,
    .Have a Great day

    Marion Hickman

  • Casey Peacock

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    We do have so much to be thankful for! I’ve been reflecting on our founding fathers like George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Samuel Adams, Benjamen Franklin and so many more who made our country even possible through not only their sacrifice, but the sacrifice of thousands of others from that generation of people! Without them we’d all be slaves today!

    -Casey Peacock

  • Mary Elliot

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Great words, Charlie, to remind us all to be thankful for all the great blessings we have, when so many go without.
    I hope all of us remember as we start to achieve success, to make a contribution to help those who have nothing, whether it be to poor people in third world countries, or the distressed and homeless people of our own countries.

    A Happy and Prosperous New Year to All!

    Mary

  • raymond joseph

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Hi Charlie,

    Thanks for your ‘thankful’ article. We have so much to be thankful for. If the earth were just slightly closer to the sun…. it would be too hot… if just slightly further… there would be no life here. There is a Creator that has made this world filled with good things for us to enjoy

    from
    raymond

  • Charles Kaluwasha

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Hi Charlie,
    It’s time to be thankful for the many blessings we received in 2009 and this year 2010. The good health,freedom,something to bring to the table,family and friends like you. Even in times of suffering and distress, we have to thank the Almighty God that we do not forget His grace and un-ending love to us.
    This was a good reflection of what we have received and will continue to receive any time from now.
    Thank for sharing your thoughts Charlie. Wish you all the best for 2010 and may God give you more wisdom and good health, Amen.

  • Nicolette Goff

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Thank you, Charlie.
    Among all the fluff and commercialism of this time of year, I’m grateful that people like you share your beliefs and wisdom. Yours was the second email today an with positive and uplifting message. What a blessing to receive such thoughts to start out a new year.

    Wishing you a wonderful 2010. May it be filled with joy, fun, and adventure!
    Warmly,
    Nicki

  • William Street

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Godbless you Charlie Page

    Your one of Gods special people

  • colin

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Hi Charlie
    Its easy to forget the people in our own countys OLD AND YOUNG who have so little when their is so much we can give yet when do we think of them when we are so wraped up in our on¨own lives on how to understand the advacements of the internet or the how do thay do this and make it sound so easy . Its REFRESHING to find someone to say pause for a moment take stock of what you have FOUR YOU HAVE MUCH MORE THAN MOST

    MANY THANKS

    Colin Thompson
    England

  • diana clark

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Thank you for a wonderful New Year’s message. As you say, we all have so much to be thankful for! Here’s to 2010 – may it bring good health, prosperity
    and happiness to all

    Kind regards,

    Diana Clark

  • Ben Russell

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Charlie it’s been great to know you. Happy New Year. Have a great 2010.

  • Patty Bender

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Hi Charlie,

    I am thankful for your article. Thank you for sharing!

    I, too, am thankful for my Faith. You know your article reminds me that when I take the time to be thankful and grateful, I always have even more to be thankful for, as a result.

    Many blessings to you in 2010!

    Patty Bender

  • Eero Jalmariz

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Hi Charlie

    I guess your intentions with your words abowe is to make us more prepared for the run towards a bright future. That is a good intention and for us, your customer and future cooperators its one more blessing. We also need the right insight to be successful, leav our negativ thinking behind and seek possibilitis instead of problems. If you count this way (who can and want to stop us) we are richer than you, friend Charlie.

    Cheers

    Eero

  • Merv

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Hi Charlie,

    Thanks for reminding me of our need for keep things in proper prospective. I have only recently subscribed to your newsletters looking to find ways of developing a business on line. I found my way to your site through a Mack Michaels product I purchased recently which I am presently working on. The internet is awash with characters of questionable morals but what you have written makes me think INTEGRITY, INTEGRITY, INTEGRITY. I look forward to receiving your help and advice, you have my ear.
    May the peace that He gives guard the hearts and minds of you and yours throughout the coming year.

    All the best

    Merv

  • Don Monteith

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Hi Charlie….

    We often think we’re thankful enough but you put a prod stick into the
    system for us. Your writings are superb and thought provoking beginning with faith and confidence of our future with the Master.

    Looking forward to an exciting and wonderful 2010 working with you too.

    God Bless YOU and YOURS…

    Don

  • Souad Hannache

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Great thoughts, wonderful soul! Thanks Charlie for sharing.

  • Sharon Butler

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Dear Charlie,

    Many thanks for sharing your thoughts and insights. I am so happy to be reminded that I have so much to be thankful for.

    Having just spent the Christmas holiday with my extended family, what well may be my Mom’s last, I am so moved in remembering how fortunate I am for my family and friends.

    Thanks for the reminder to pay attention in every way…to family, to friends, to our life circumstances. All are worthy of our gratitude.

    My best wishes for a happy and healthy and prosperous New Year,

    Sharon B.

  • Beryl Reis

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    I am so gratef ul for our lives and healing. About 20 years ago Jim and I found out he had a major heart problem. We were on our roller skates when he first tried to die on me. Jim 62 and me 60. That night he had his first pace maker put in. He has had open heart surgery by-pass, stents, and now on his 4th pacemaker. He has had massive vascular problems. When a doctor in our town wanted to take his leg off I asked for a second opinion at our Oregon Health Science University. They did and have been keeping close watch on him for about 11 years now. He is my miracle man. Gangrene from his waist to his toes. I have pictures to prove everything.

    I am still having problems with thyroid cancer but was found in stage 1. Two surgeries for it and still are watching me extremely close. The Doctor doesn’t want it to get away and have many problems. Then about 18 minths later I had breast cancer surgery. Again stage 1. I will be checked again on that in a couple months. Again, my knees grow weak when I think of all the blessings we have experienced.

    Our three sons are successful in life. I am 81 ande Jim is 83. Married 61 years. Yes, I understand about Faith and Healing. Thank you for listening and caring for us.

    I am trying to figure out how to get my writings published but I am not of the computer generation. My first will be a few poems I have written from the heart and a few I remember stories. From the time I first heard of T.V. about -1944 in Middle School, Beginning WW2 memories starting about Middle Schooll, My Life, a lot of younger peoples history. A Neighbor who was shanghied and on a 4 mast clipper ship. Don’ remember muchy on that. I have gray hair and earned it. I have written extensively about our sons pranks. I was a child of the Great Depression and am so grateful I understand so much.
    We are so g rateful for our many blessings and improving health.

    Beryl Reis

    • Tanaya Doig

      Reply Reply March 17, 2011

      Thank god for you guys being okay aunty beryl. We keep you guys in our prays all the time.

  • Carol Straw

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Thank you for a beautiful and thoughtful essay on all that we have to be thankful for and the importance of gratitude in making our lives work better. I enjoy your constant giving and helpful ideas.

  • Ralph Klassen.

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    What a great way to start the new year! Being Thankful.
    I particularly do relate to your faith section.Thanks.
    Our family had a great Christmas season,as I’m sure your’s
    did.I want to wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR and a
    terrific year of continued prosperity in your business.
    Again ,great article.

  • Larry Floro

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Charlie,
    I appreciate you sending me this article today. It’s great to start the New Year on such a positive note. Have a wonderful 2010.
    Larry

  • Al Simpkins

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Charlie,
    You can’t imagine my feelings as I read your Time to be thankful.
    As an old WW2 vet, and brought up through hard times, the foremost thoughts I had were the family ties and doing for each other in times of crisis.
    Nothing in this world we now live in can compare to a united , loving family.
    We are faced with terrorists, people who try to tear down traditions,morals and all the things this great country was founded on
    We need to step back and find a way to restore the values of our country and families. Todays technology should be used to accomplish this effort and not undermine it more.
    Maybe it will take a major, major disaster on our own soil to finally wake up people and stop the mayhem being perpertrated by radical persons and government. May God help us!.

  • Mark

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Charlie,

    You hit out of the ballpark with this post. I especially liked your section on faith and thanksgiving.

    As you know those go together…If we are giving thanks then we do not have time to be ungrateful or complain.

    Thanks for the great post.

    Mark

  • Clara Nolt

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Thank you Charlie for this very important reminder! We are rich indeed, and have nothing to complain about. I want to keep these things in mind throughout the coming months – no matter what circumstances we face!

    You have presented a worthwhile challenge to all of us!
    God bless you and your family
    Clara

  • Jeanie Dotson

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Charlie,
    I believe you covered it all in this wonderful article. Gratitude is so important and this is the best way to start a New Year! I know that I am very thankful for all you talked about here….and yes, we are quite complicated creatures.
    Abundance of good health, happiness and prosperity to you,
    Jeanie

  • Julia Gifford

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Charlie,
    Thanks for the uplifting words of being “thankful.” They bring such meaning to our lives and hope for a new begining. May God bless you and your family. I hope you have a great year in 2010.

    Julia

  • Toba

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Incredibly awesome piece of writing! This opens my eyes to many things I never thought I should be grateful to God for – who could think of the Internet as a blessing?

    Thank you for sharing.

  • Dennis Burgess

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Great message my friend. I am thankful for the things in your list and more. Two weeks before Christmas I lost my step dad.Two days before Christmas a sisters friend lost her three year old son and yesterday my cousin lost her husband…….Sounds morbid,right ? I am thankful because I can see the great value of life. The best thing that comes out of this is that there is a young man out there whose involvement in the dark side of life over this past year has seen all of these deaths and has now understood the value of life and has promised to change his circumstances make to those around him understand the value of life. Now i know that on the surface this doesn’t seem like much, but if you understood the harvenger of death and degradation that this young man involved himself in you would understand that to change his life means that some one else son would not die or be wounded in a gun or knife fight. Some ones mother would not mourn the death of a son or daughter and another generation gets to be born because a son or daughter gets to grow up to bring that generation forward. So I am thankful Mr.Page for you, this article, the loses that I have experienced, the life that comes out of death, faith in Jesus Christ , who says that ” all things work together for good for those who love him”. Freedom,Faith,Food,Family, and a Future, that inspite of the economy, the future is sure. Blessings to you and all your readers for 2010 and beyond.

  • Sharon Bloch

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Charlie,
    thanks for sending me your “thankful article”. No matter the challenges we faced in 2009, we have so much more to be thankful for. Blessings to you in 2010.
    sharon

  • Barbie

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    An Incredibly timely and heartfelt Message. Truthfully, reading this stuff and remembering to be thankful is more important than the ‘How-To” Stuff, because it is knowing and living all these things that build the Person who will follow through on the ‘How-To’ Stuff. Thankful to have read this great Article. Have a Beautiful and Prosperous New Year! Barbie Figueroa

  • Rocky Tapscott

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Hi Charlie,

    Thank you for writing this article, you brought a tear to my eye. I am thankful for many things, including the help and advice you have given me this year.

    Wishing you the best year ever,

    Warm regards,

    Rocky

  • Judy Jones

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Hi, Charlie

    Thank you for the wonderful expressions of your thoughts. I didnot feel like coming up with the same old New Years resolutiong this year ie get fit, build my business etc etc. After reading your post it occurred to me that my New Years resolution is to be thankful and grateful everyday this year for what I have. Starting today and everyday for the rest of my life. I am thankful and grateful that I have family, friends, and co-workers of love. I am grateful and thankful for living in America. I am grateful and thankful for being a nurse and being able to help my clients during the times when it’s difficult for them to help themselves. I am grateful and thankful to have food to eat, a place to shower, and a bed to rest my head at night. I’m grateful and thankful to have an internet connection that enables me to read the wonderful thoughts and ideas of people like you. And most of all I am grateful and thankful that I know that I have alot of things to be grateful and thankful for.

  • Manuel

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    I also say Amen to what you have said here, Charlie. These are all things which we take for granted much of the time, and it is good to remember this every day.

  • Christine

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Wonderful thoughts and story, Charlie.

    There are days I struggle to find my gratitude, but it only takes a few reminders from folks like yourself to bring me back to a state of thankfulness.

    I saw these quotes today and thought they were nice thoughts to live by… and to remember that many times our gratitude can be reborn by helping someone else.

    “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “Children respond when you are genuine and vulnerable to them. So do adults. Let’s cut out the pretentious nonsense and get real in everything we do . . .” ~Tom Asacker, Sandbox Wisdom

    I am going to envision a 2010 that is a better place for all of us!
    Thanks for sharing…

    Christine

  • Manuel F Herrera Jr

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Charlie, I read, watch, and listen, to every very valuable content you send me before I became a Doe member, and now as a member.

    I mostly wanted to respond to them all but, this one I must.

    As the first response stated,it is very timely for today, this year, and for the rest of our life.

    Your words are fresh and encouraging and I thank you for it.

    Keep up the great work with the “DOE”…and have a blessed and joyful
    New Year!

    Everything I thought you were has been confirmed here in this article.

    You are very valuable, and appreciated.

    Manuel Felix Herrera Jr
    Manny

  • Jean Welles

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Hi Charlie,

    Thanks for your ‘thankful’ article. We have so much to be thankful for. If the earth were just slightly closer to the sun…. it would be too hot… if just slightly further… there would be no life here. There is a Creator that has made this world filled with good things for us to enjoy.

    Blessings,
    Jean

  • Srikumar Rao

    Reply Reply January 1, 2010

    Amen, Charlie. You could not have put it any better. This is a life lesson, Thanks for the post and yes, I am truly thankful, today and every day.

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