10 Things To Be Grateful For

lifestyle • mindset     
Ben York |

In case you missed it last week, we decided to hop on Facebook Live to talk about gratitude...

And we asked you to let us know what you're thankful for this holiday season...

But we didn't anticipate how impactful the (literally) hundreds of responses would be!

So we hooked a bunch of you up with Live Bearded products, but there was so much inspiration in your emails and comments that we HAD to compile them and share with you!

And remember, we all have something to be thankful for...

There is IMMENSE power in being grateful! 

Just expressing what you're thankful for can immediately improve your mental and physical well-being.

Check out 10 emails we received from you below...

No. 1: Grateful For The Future

I'm not on Facebook, so I missed it, but I'm grateful for many things. My family; we're thankfully employed, healthy, and keep each other's spirits up. My personal health: I've used the lockdown to lose a LOT of body fat and get into the best shape of my life. Our country: believe it or not, I'm thankful for everyone wanting the best for our country, even if they can't agree on how to get there. Lastly, I'm hopeful for 2021. I'm hopeful for finding common ground, for strengthening family bonds and paying it forward. That's the goal. Gents, I truly appreciate you and your efforts, and your work of course!

No. 2: Grateful For Survivors

I am thankful for my family. My wife and my mom are both cancer survivors and still with me. My mom is 80 and going strong. My wife just retired from teaching and we can finally relax and slow down to enjoy life. Enjoy it while you can because nothing is promised. 

No. 3: Grateful For the Struggle

I am thankful for my family. We have struggled with medical issues for both of our daughters, and continue to do so. Medical bills are racking up, constant long drives to big cities for medical appointments. There is constant pain and suffering. But at the end of the day, it's all worth it to enjoy and love our children. I would not change it for the world.

No. 4: Grateful For New Blessings

I am thankful for my family this year. Almost 44 with a baby on the way. I am thankful for the opportunity to purchase my first home and soon it will be big enough for all six of us.

No. 5: Grateful For Paying It Forward

This year specifically, I am grateful for being able to teach my two sons the importance of giving back. My eldest chose Feed America and through that showed him that we can make changes no matter the size. Together we donated to Movember for men's health, Feed America Food Banks (twice), ProPublica for investigative journalism, and the Vietnam Veterans of America to name a few.

No. 6: Grateful For Students

I am very grateful for my students who are having to complete the first part of this school year virtually. They are rising to the task and are making it a genuine pleasure to learn with them through the virtual world as we learn about the environment and our impact on it. 

No. 7: Grateful For Hope

My wife was diagnosed with Stag 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer in January of this year. To date, she has had 18 chemo treatments, and almost twice that in immunotherapy treatments. The weekend before Thanksgiving, she was diagnosed with having a lesion on her brain. I am grateful that she is still here to celebrate Christmas this year. 

No. 8: Grateful For Purpose

I'm grateful for my life after a few close calls while serving in the U.S. Army (20 years of service), and for my wife and kids. They give me purpose and fired me up every day to keep going. 

No. 9: Grateful For Resilience

This year I'm just thankful for the health of my wife and two young children. I work as a registered nurse in the Trauma/Burn ICU and as you can imagine our unit is very busy with the addition of COVID-19. I see a lot of growth and progress in patients, and I see a lot of strength. But I also see a lot of heartache, pain and often death. If you would've asked me years ago what I was thankful for, I might have said my car or my collection of KISS memorabilia, but now I have a great understanding of what is truly important to me.

No. 10: Grateful For Sobriety

I am grateful for a lot this season. I am grateful for being sober and finally having a family. After the military, I lost both of my parents and kind of fell into drinking every day. Then one magic day I found an amazing woman with amazing kids that gave me a new purpose in life. I found that happiness again and picked myself up and made myself better and back on track to being the man that I know I can be. So I am very grateful that I have all these things come into my life that saved me. And last, but not least, I am grateful for you guys and the mission you stand by; I love it and you guys are truly awesome individuals.