While my son was in between getting his braces off and waiting for retainers to be made, he was bored.  I told him he could contribute a guest post to the blog. At first, I thought this isn’t going to go over big, but I am pleasantly surprised.  I’m thinking that he will simply write about finally getting the braces off after 3.5 years (that’s definitely something about which to be grateful); I am wrong (and glad that I am).  So, without further ado, I give you Gratitude From the Heart of a Teen by Danny.


noun – gratitude–the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Everyday I wake up in a warm house under cozy blankets and I have a lot of clothes that I can choose from.  I can eat food from the pantry and drink a warm cup of coffee.  Each day, I can make many choices.  I get to go to one of the best schools in the city.

Daily, I get to see my beautiful mother and see my wonderful grandparents.  I get a good lunch and plentiful dinner.  I get to see my best friends often that I know have my back (and I have theirs).  I have a bed, a hot shower and a few luxury items.

I know there are people who would like to have the things I have, not the toys, but the basic necessities.  I also know there are people who don’t have a mom or dad to talk with.  I am grateful that I have my mom.  I can talk to her, tell her all kinds of things, talk about my day (good or bad) and most importantly, she listens.

There are times I complain about how hard my life is and that it sometimes sucks.  In reality, I have quite an amazing life and good health.  I thank God for this too.  May God bless those who are less fortunate than me (or you or any of us.

The next time you want to complain about something, just think to yourself, “What if I didn’t have a house, warm clothes, and food everyday?”  Think about how blessed we are.

There is so much to be grateful for and while yes, there are hardships in life, that’s just how life goes. It’s wise and humbling to remember how many are out there struggling that may not have the good fortune you (or I) have.

I am very grateful for all I have and all of the opportunities in front of me.  I am going to work harder at being kind and focusing on gratitude.  I ask you to try to do something nice for someone today and everyday.  It doesn’t matter how big or small; kindness can spread like wildfire.  Let’s make that happen!