Mere’s Motivation: November Edition


Meredith Mears , Reporter

It is finally November and it is one of my favorite months. In November there is so much to look forward to. There is Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, and The Day Of The Dead; all of these holidays are about remembering others, being thankful, and spending time with the people you love. This month I want to bring awareness to being thankful. I know I have been guilty of complaining or not always being in the thankful mood. This November, I am going to try to be more thankful for the simple things I take for granted. I hope you join in on the season of being thankful too!

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”¬†Oprah Winfrey

What Oprah is saying is that you should be thankful for what you have. When you think about what you don’t have in life, you are putting yourself in a negative mindset. You will never feel like you have enough if that is all you are focused on. I know it is easy to slip into the mindset that life is unfair and that you don’t have that certain thing in life you want. I have been there. I really want a car, but I need to look at the facts. I don’t have my license and I need to save my money in order to get one. I need to start looking at what I am thankful for. I know it is clich√©, but I am thankful for my friends, family, church, my house, clothing, and food. These simple things some people have to sadly go without because they can’t afford or don’t have access to them.

I truly believe that everyone has a story and is going through something. It is easy to look at someone and give them a certain stereotype. I have done this myself and come to find out I was wrong about who I thought they were. I learned that this particular person is going through a lot and they didn’t have much of what I have. I need to be understanding and help them out the best that I can. I felt so bad for this student. At the time, they were new to this school and that is already hard enough. Also, she is dealing with so much. I am the type of person who just wants to take the pain away or make the situation better. Sadly, this situation is too big for me; I can’t make her home life better, but I can make her school life a better one. I try to talk to this student as much as I can and make them feel welcome. I just pray that her situation gets better and I know it will soon.

In times when I get upset and think about what I don’t have, I need to start thinking about what I do have. I need to think about how I can help others that aren’t as fortunate as me. According to Oprah, by being thankful for what I have, I’ll always end up having more.