What are you thankful for?

I am thankful for my agency.  I’m grateful that I get to chose what religion to belong to, where I live, and who I want to spend my time with.  I am happy because I get to experience the consequences of my choices.  I learn from bad decisions and reap the benefits of good decisions.

No one else is responsible for my happiness.  I don’t have to rely on an organization or any other person to achieve happiness.  While some circumstances are beyond my control due to the agency of another, I can still chose to be happy.

I can chose who my friends are.  I get to decide what activities I engage in and who I spend my time with.  I can decide to be kind or whether I help another person.  I determine who is part of my inner circle.

We can’t always decide who will be part of our family, but I can decide what kind of relationship we have.  I can determine how much I let someone else take advantage of me or my good nature.  I chose whether to forgive someone else or not.

I get to decide how much education I want to attain.  I choose what I spend my time on.  I pick what I read, watch and listen to.  I get to vote for who I want to.  I get to believe what I want to.  No matter what anyone else does,

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I get to decide how I will react and if I will remain happy, or be bitter and angry.  I give other people my freedom when I let them control how I see myself and how I feel.

I realize my freedoms aren’t everyone’s freedoms depending on where you live.  I also recognize my freedoms came with a price and are fought for to maintain.  I live under an inspired constitution that was organized with individual rights in mind.

Even without guaranteed constitutional rights individuals were awarded divinely given minds and freedoms to chose in some degree what kind of life they will have.  So I’m thankful for that freedom of choice and agency.  I don’t always utilize it to its full potential but it exists just the same.

I get to say, do and write what I want.  I may not get to chose the consequences, but I retain the freedom to utilize my agency to do so.

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