book review: Being Grateful, Being Thankful
It’s always a good time to feel grateful and give thanks, so in this post I’d like to share a review of an e-book by Sarah Butland of Nova Scotia, Canada, that reminds us all how lucky we are.
Being Grateful, Being Thankful: Appreciate Everything to Be Happy For Even The Rain Brings Rainbows is an inspirational read that reminds us to be grateful for everything in our lives. Butland reminds us to be grateful for the obvious things like family, friends, our home, and job, but also reminds us to be thankful for less obvious things such as our driver’s licence, credit cards, and running water.
She helps us take stock and realize that no matter what is happening in our lives, there is something to be grateful for, and that we likely have it better than someone else–even if we feel disadvantaged and wanting more.
At the bottom of each page is a mantra to help us express our gratitude for everything from sun to rain.
I especially like Butland’s interpretation of Family. Here is an excerpt from that page:
Look around you, not at the blood that determines your faith, but the family you have chosen to share your life with. These are the people you can depend on and cry with when times get tough, as well as rejoice with when those times pass. Family will be with you until the end, whether or not they are linked through blood.
Mantra: I rejoice in the family who surrounded me on the first day and through all the days in between. Grateful am I to those who believe in me and ensure I have something to believe in. Thank you, family, for I am everything with you by my side.
Those are incredible words to live by, as I firmly believe the word ‘family’ is often interpreted by too many as simply those to whom we are related by blood. To me (and to Butland) family means anyone who really loves and supports us. They are our eternal family.
I congratulate Sarah Butland for putting her inspirational thoughts together to help us take stock of our lives. I also commend her for having the courage to conduct a crowdfunding campaign on PubSlush to raise funds to publish her book. I encourage you to get a copy of Being Grateful, Being Thankful for yourself or someone you love.