📌What are you thankful for? (Original nature photographs and thoughts)

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Secret to a happy, contented life...

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"There is always something to be thankful for..."

Flowers trigger the feelings of thankfulness in me, for some reason. Perhaps it is related to the concept of offering flowers to God in the Hindu religion as a measure of showing our thankfulness to God for all his grace. Perhaps it is just a feeling of joy triggered in me, being thankful for another lovely morning with such beauty around me.

I do not know the real reason but I do not care. What matters is I see and capture the beauty of such flowers and preserve it in my digital world forever with the help of my Nikon P900 camera. This is the picture I took this morning...

The feeling of thankfulness is hand in hand today with my grief because of the loss of a beloved family member.
I am thankful that I have had plenty of time during last two years (due to my stepping back and taking partial retirement) to have a wonderful time with family and know that those memories will stay forever with us.

However, it is not that aspect alone that I am thankful for. Here are 3 unusual aspects that I am thankful for.

Thankful for the struggle

The journey of life so far has not always been smooth for me. I know, many of you can also say that. By the grace of God and with the efforts put in by my parents, I have had a fairly normal childhood where my life was fairly protected.

However, then onward, I faced some things in life that tested my very mettle. At the young age of 22, I had a very difficult job and faced situations involving threat to life, sabotage, hatred. I was often stuck in a mob of angry violent protesters.

Struggle was a daily part of my life for years...

I faced heart wrenching situations where families literally begged me to discipline the main bread earner of the family because he did not take care of the family. I saw poverty, cheating and injustice everywhere I turned.

I saw the dredges of humanity in my travels. It was not easy living that life. However, I am proud to say that, instead of becoming a coward and ignoring things, all my strength came to surface with a lot of vigor and I was able to address most of the situations. Helping people was no big philanthropic exercise for me but it felt like my duty instead.

I am thankful for all the struggle in my life!

Thankful for what I have

As I was growing up, we had a scooter, a 150 cc old Vespa that my father had bought the year I was born. It was as old as me and was perhaps not so pretty to look at. It was the one thing that was our prized possession and we did everything, including overhauling it ourselves at home.

I used to feel bad about our ride once in a while till that fateful day when one of my friends told me that he used to walk 10 KMs to his previous school - every day - as a kid!!

Hmmm... Who was I to complain when I at least had a trusty old ride.

That day onward, I have been thankful for what I have and making more money has never been the part of my plans for my life.

This does not mean I am not ambitious. I worked hard to keep doing new, different and difficult things in life but none of that was only for making more money. At every stage in life, my wife, son and I have been always happy with what we have. The ambition has always been to test ourselves and achieve more.

Money seemed to be a byproduct!!

For me, the old Vespa scooter is symbolic of 'being happy for what we have'.

Thankful for my weird friends

Yes I have a few weird friends. I have NOTHING in common with them except for the fact that we meet and find something to do that we enjoy.

They have hugely different backgrounds, upbringing and financial status. They are not from my school or college. Nor do I have any business connections with them.

By worldly standards, calling them quirky is a kindness! Sometimes, they are outright mad I think. However, being with them gives me a sense of being free, out of the box and allows me to be creative without inhibition.

I am thankful to those weird bastards (as I fondly call them )

I am really thankful to all of you too - for putting up with me, my whims and my eccentric posts. You perhaps fall in the last category of what I am thankful for that I have listed above. You all, on the other hand - I am sure, you are really thankful on the days when I do not post. LOL.

In Conclusion:

Don't always worry about money in the bank - there is a lot in the world to thank

Steemians, please comment freely to share your experiences, knowledge and views about what YOU are thankful for. Thanks.

Note: All images except for the wildlife photos and the title image created by me are from pixabay.com. Image credit has been specifically mentioned for images not falling under these two categories.

Gif crafted by the Legendary @stellabelle for me based on my Lion Avatar

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Good job!

There is alot in the world really to be thankful for.
I'm thankful for the wellbeing of my family.

Yellow and blue also with red followers so nice

This is a good one. Thanks

My dad has been gone for over 40 years. Whenever I see a carnation, I think of him (carnations were his favorite flower). I remember though, as long as I have memory of him; he is never totally gone. My sympathies for your loss, as I can empathize. Take care.

The original flower is a flower that makes the heart attracted

We should be thankful for what we have..True!

very nice

Nice word

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What an awesome, uplifting post! Indeed, often it is life’s struggles that we are to be thankful for. Those struggles mold us into who we are today. Without the pain of betrayal and abandonment of my ex—husband of 24 years, I would not have had the joy of being married to my present husband for 24 years!! There are no regrets, because I have two great sons from my first marriage, and their dad and I are good friends!

And your flower photos are beautiful. There is so much to be thankful for in the beauty of nature!

Happy photo

It is always important to be thankful, if not for anything but for life itself. A lot of times we overlook little things such as sound health and even the ability to breathe. These things are not as little as we think they are because when you visit hospitals you'll see people fighting for their lives and others breathing with the aide of oxygen masks. All this people spend thousands of dollars, the money some people crave so much to have, but they are lying sick and wishing they were just like you who doesn't have so much but have good health. So in whatever you do, just take time to be thankful for life and sound health.

Thank you for sharing your emotional journey in life. I find the tough things in life make you a stronger person and builds character. As for what I am thankful for...I go to bed each night looking forward to the next day as there is so much to be thankful for, even a simple morning cup of coffee.

You had me at "weird friends" and I love Vespa's

Hey I'm weird LMAO! Good to stop and smell the roses and be thankful for what you have bro.

nice colours

Thankful for being alive !!

Good post

Everyone face difficulties and lack of money in life.. Everyone is struggling hard.. But actually all of us have many things that others dont have you should be thankfull all time.. God bless you more.. Shit is awsome as always

What are you thankful for?!? I often ask people to give me five things (: I do this to help lift their mood and to shift their focus to happier thoughts. It always works even if just a little bit due to the person not really wanting to participate in my game. (:

This is indeed a great post and I'm so thankful you took the time to create this :) we all have many things to be grateful for.