When humans have too much time to think, our minds can wander to a variety of places, and it’s easy to forget how much we have to be grateful for. It is often in the difficult times that we fall back and remember what we appreciate most in life and what makes us grateful.
What are you grateful for? The most common responses are health, family, and friends. While those are all extremely important, the one that stands out most for me during troubled times is being grateful for common sense.
“It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies; yet our present numbers are sufficient to repel the force of all the world.” – Thomas Paine, Common Sense
Common sense shows up at many important times in our lives, but few are able to find it and hold onto it when their emotions are running high. We may look to leaders to make good decisions, lead by example, give advice, and share wisdom and expertise. Some might turn to religion to give them hope and keep their faith intact. Many reach out to family and friends to not only ensure they are doing well, but also to rely on them for common sense. In times like these, where emotions are running high, the value of common sense thinking cannot be overstated.
As we round the corner into a holiday weekend, let’s consider how much we have to be grateful for – even in turbulent times. I have gratitude for all the wonderful people that are working in numerous ways to keep everyone safe. What are you grateful for?