Thanksgiving

At this time of year, it is particularly good to consider the things that we can be thankful for. Many lament the things which they do not have, or what others have that they long for. But that is just missing the boat about life itself. We should not be moaning about what we do not have, but be thankful for the things that we do have. In this post, I will share with you 5 things/categories that I am thankful to God for. Some of these things may also be things we take for granted, and we won’t realise it until we’ve lost them. Now there are also some that can be used for both good or bad (depending on how you use it), but I’ve chosen to consider the good that they can do or bring.

  1. Food/drink:

I woke up this morning and went down to the kitchen to make myself a fresh cup of hot coffee. I drink a cup in the morning not only to wake myself up, but also because the smell of freshly ground coffee and the lovely aroma emanating from the coffee cup helps to get the day to a good start. I was particularly thankful this morning, as the weather was cold, and the warmth provided by this beverage helped to brighten my heart this day.

Nice hot cup of freshly brewed coffee
Nice hot cup of freshly brewed coffee

I am also thankful for the food that we eat each day, as my wife makes quite an effort to put lovely food on the table.

2) Health/wellbeing:

Being in the health profession, the health of my patients are of vital importance. Hence my own health has taken second priority, as sometimes when it gets busy, even meals and toilet breaks have to wait. Recently, I sustained repetitive injury to my left hand (de Quervain’s tenosynovitis) after a particularly busy week at work. It was so painful that I was unable to use my left hand very much. It was then that I realised how much I relied on my left hand for many things I did.

Health - wrist brace on my left hand
Health – wrist brace on my left hand

Hence I am very thankful for the health and wellbeing of my family and me; my hand has improved significantly following the used of anti-inflammatory medication and the wrist brace used above, which was given me by the nurse practitioner in minor injuries on Saturday. Thank God for the NHS.

3) Family/Home:

I am very thankful for my fantastic wife and two lovely daughters and the joy they bring into my lives. I am also thankful for our dog, Rosie, who is the youngest member of our family – the warm welcome she brings to any member of this family when they come home at the end of the day, is a very touching experience.

Chinese character for home
Chinese character for home
Rosie - the youngest member of our family
Rosie – the youngest member of our family

I am thankful to God every day for my family.

4) Technology/Internet:

Technology and the internet are great tools when used in the right way. But as with all things, they can also be used for bad purposes. But I am thankful for all the tech toys out there that make taking great photographs possible, that make it possible to see planets and galaxies far away even from the back garden, that make cooking delicious food consistently an easy task, and for bringing entertainment to my family.

Dumbell nebula
Dumbell nebula
Jupiter with GRS on 21/5/15
Jupiter with GRS on 21/5/15

I am thankful for the Internet as it has become such a useful resource for information, both to gain knowledge and also to share personal experiences so we can learn from each other. It has also revolutionised shopping by bringing better value to consumers, so we are no longer restricted to the price set by the retailers in the High Street – bringing better value for money. That’s got to be good, right?

5) Hope:

As Christmas is nearly upon us and as the year 2015 draws to a close, we can look forward to a new year and all of life’s new adventures for us to experience. And as the days get shorter and the nights get longer up here in the Northern Hemisphere, I always look forward to the day when the ┬ádays will have reached its shortest – Winter Solstice which is on 22nd December this year, after which the days will start getting longer again. And during these longer nights, I am hoping for some clear skies (particularly as I have some annual leave ahead) so that I can do some night-time astrophotography.

A pot of crocus bulbs showing new life
A pot of crocus bulbs showing new life

As illustrated by the above pot of crocus bulbs given to us by our friend, there is new life (from these buried bulbs) to come in the new year.

So as we recall the past year and look to the future, I am truly thankful for so many things. Are you?

Boon