Another month in 2022 is in my rearview mirror on my road to express thankfulness. This adventure sometimes becomes a challenging task, but I’m discovering so many things to be thankful for each day. Focusing on the positive despite all the tragedies in the world makes me happy. It motivates me to work toward positive change. Being grateful drives away fear. I can see so many potholes in the road, but I start my day searching for the blessings in my life. These events or things might seem small and insignificant, but they add up to a giant pile of happiness at the end of the road. I am inviting you to come along for the ride. Why don’t we all travel the road of gratefulness in June? This post covers day 295 of my 365 days of thankfulness.
Day 295 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
On day 295 of my 365 days of thankfulness, I am grateful the book I’m reading gave me the answer to a mystery I have wondered about for years. Why do people in old black-and-white photos from the 1800s never smile? Were they born with bad dispositions? Did they all have bad teeth? Were people back in the day unfriendly? Was their life so hard they didn’t have a reason to be happy? The answer to my question ended up being very simple. The photographer had to keep the shutter on the camera open for a full minute. The subject in the photo couldn’t blink. If you smile, keeping your eyes open with a smile on your face for that time is difficult. It is easier to maintain a serious expression. Thus, the photographer told his subject not to smile. I am grateful to discover that people in the old days weren’t a bunch of sour-faced folks who didn’t express emotion.
This old lady likes to find answers to mysteries.
I have learned thanksgiving is a matter of choice. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Even in dark places, it is good to seek the light. My blessings may not be the same as yours because I’m old. I bet if you dig deep, you can come up with something to be thankful for today. Don’t neglect to see the good things before your face because you hear the world is falling apart. Let me tell you a secret. The world always falls apart when you focus on the doom and gloom. You won’t always find thankfulness an easy road, but it’s an adventure we can all take together. What are you thankful for today? Leave a comment, and bless my heart. I am not being sarcastic when I say that. I could use the encouragement as much as the next person.
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Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh. To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.
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