Dec. 12 2018 02:00 PM

Even in tough times, there are many things to be thankful for.

It was picture perfect. My wife was preparing an amazing meal in the kitchen, the kids were playing in the family room, and I was soaking it all in while holding my baby girl as she cooed and looked at me with those big blue eyes. How could I ask for more?

My wife called out, “Dinner’s ready!” We all jumped into action, setting the table in preparation for another family meal.

Before dinner, we always say a prayer. During that prayer, we make a point to thank God for our blessings. However, tonight my little boy had a question.

“What are blessings?” he asked innocently.

“Well,” I said, “blessings are undeserved gifts.” I saw the confusion in his eyes, so I began to explain. During my explanation, it reminded me to count my blessings.

I began by saying that not everyone has a roof over their head and a warm place to sleep. Not everyone is so lucky to have food on their table and fresh water to drink. I continued our discussion about how blessed we are to have friends and family, and how my children have access to a wonderful education that some could only dream of.

As I talked, I saw the light come on from behind his eyes. My little boy understood that there are many things to be thankful for all year round. Not just on Thanksgiving, not only on Christmas, and not only when things are going well, but all year round.

Life is like a wave that ebbs before it flows. It’s easy to get caught up in the tide when the proverbial current is too strong.

I encourage you to stop what you are doing and think for a moment. Name five things you are thankful for today. I have helped you with a few ideas already!

Feel free to leave your response in the comment section as an encouragement for others!

Tyler Ribeiro

Tyler Ribeiro is a fourth-generation dairy farmer born and raised in California. He is currently partners with his father at Rib-Arrow Dairy in Tulare where they proudly ship their milk to Land O’Lakes. Tyler is actively involved in the dairy industry, holding leadership roles in various organizations locally and across the United States.