I believe we are all directly or indirectly influenced over and over every day. If we will remember that, we can manage and even INFLUENCE our influences.
On days I don't feel very thankful for what is currently happening, I influence myself by being thankful for what has NOT happened. Sometimes the things I think of that have not happened make me laugh and that starts the upward spiral towards being thankful for what is happening and what I do have.
Having the opportunity to learn, to work through conflict (as opposed to self medicating around it) and to find real peace is something to be thankful for. I have much to be thankful for. I work with my smart, supportive partner Philip. Visiting with my brilliant and hysterical daughter Sarah and having a fun and satisfying relationship with my boyfriend Greg. I also have you. Our wonderful friends through Peninsula Mediation and Training.
Be thankful for what you have or if need be, be thankful that you have not been chased down by a box of color crayons who were being chased by killer bees.