A Thankful Heart

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During this time of year, more than any other time, our hearts and minds turn to the things we are thankful for. I wish people would do it all year long.

A past business coach of mine, Linda McLean, encourages her clients to start each day naming ten things they are grateful for before their feet hit the floor. It causes you to start the day off with the right attitude – an attitude of gratitude.

What am I grateful for this year? Oh, I am definitely grateful for the usual – a wonderful husband, great children, a loving family, good health and close friends. But even more than that, I feel God has blessed me with so much more.

I’m thankful for the men and women who have volunteered to serve in our armed forces, and sometimes lay down their lives, so that I can be free. I’m thankful for the grace and mercy my friends at church show to me when I screw up, which is more times than I would like to admit. And I’m thankful for my dear old dog who loves me no matter what – no matter what I look like, or how much I weigh, or how many treats I’ve given her – no matter what.

Take a moment and give it some thought. What are you thankful for?


About the Author:

Debra Burroughs is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, writing stories, poetry, and plays.


  1. Shirley McCanns November 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    I’m thankful for the wonderful, supportive friends I’ve made over the years. They’re my second family. God bless them.

  2. Nancy Qualls November 27, 2011 at 2:22 am - Reply

    This season my thanks are with my friends and mostly God who has carried me this past month after the loss of my best friend, my beloved mother and, my sheltie, Sadie.

  3. Joyce Fields December 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Great post!! I thank God all day–EVERY day!! Many blessings!! I hope you’ll check out my daily “Good News” blog at http://www.lineofserenity.wordpress.com.

  4. Heather December 5, 2011 at 7:11 am - Reply

    Am grateful that sometimes people take the time to remind me I have a lot to e grateful for. Sometimes it’s all too easy to forget to take those few seconds to send up that attitude of gratitude. Thanks, a great post.

  5. Bryan Gill December 13, 2011 at 6:35 am - Reply

    I love the idea of naming 10 things you’re thankful for before you get out of bed. Good post!

  6. Rebbeca Graf May 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    I’m still learning from you, but I’m trying to reach my goals. I certainly liked reading all that is written on your site.Keep the stories coming. I enjoyed it!

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