Thanks, Deanasue. It is so easy to focus on the difficulties in life, but there is ALWAYS much to be thankful for. Anybody remember that old song, "Count Your Blessings"? I try to actually do that once or twice a year: Take an hour or two and actually write down everything I'm thankful for, all the good things that are mine to enjoy, whether I earned them or not. It is a good exercise in humility, and I always run out of time before I run out of blessings.
For today: God loves me; my wife and daughter surprise me every day by being wonderful; everyone is in reasonably good health; I live in a nation where I am more or less free to say what I think and do what I want; all the work of training my puppy is really starting to pay off; I have a warm house; my job makes lots of people happy; there always seems to be more than enough to eat; I drive a fairly reliable vehicle that's paid off; there are no creditors banging down the door at the moment; by God's grace I am a better person than I used to be.
I could probably continue all day, but that's enough to go on for now.