What Should We, Be Thankful For?

Home Inspector with WWW.ExecutiveRestoration.Com

After completion of a Mold Inspection in Troy, North Carolina, the client and I proceeded to the dock area to look at God's beauty, and the above photo was taken to share with others.  There were many things that went through my mind.

What should I give thanks for? Why are so many wanting more?  Why are people not very happy about life when we have so much to be thankful for? For myself, I used to be all about money and I used to be all about work.  I have realized that life is so short and to be thankful and give thanks for all things.  Not just the big things either.  Life brings us many challenges and we can take the challenges and grow from them or remain unchanged and choose not to learn from them.  Perhaps this is why we are given challenges and struggles in life.  Sometimes we are presented with problems to humble us.  For myself, I am thankful I have been humbled in life, and perhaps we all need to be humbled in life.  Sometimes, we do not appreciate or are not thankful for all the things that life has given to us.  Life has certainly offered me my fair share of struggles but our struggles can strengthen us or defeat us.  We can look at problems as something bad or we can look at problems as something good. How do you look at your problems or struggles?  Do you look at them as challenges or do you look at your problems as something bad?  Perhaps, we all need to reflect on problems as challenges and work on being better people.  I know that I have had my share of challenges and they have not been easy but overcoming the challenges has been so helpful to me and has formed me into the person I am today.

Is it about perception and really how we choose to view things?  I know, when I was bedridden from back issues,  that I had so much time to reflect on so many things. Initially, it made me angry and made me feel sorry for myself but this was not constructive at all.  Finally, I stopped feeling sorry for myself and did some thing about my back issue. I certainly grew and became more thankful for the times that did not have poor health.


My name is David Snell and I love sharing my heart and thoughts with others.


P.S. I am learning to never take anything for granted.

David Snell


Comments (14)

Norbert Fabre, MRSA
Indoor Microbial Specialist IMS - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mold Inspector & Mold Assessor

Hello David Snell 704.545.0098 thanks for the wonderful reading and thought provoking post. Glad to see another Mold Assessor on the Rain. 


Have a nice day and thank you for reminding me to be grateful more often. 

Apr 28, 2022 10:41 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Thank you for sharing the information.

Buyers and sellers in your area will benefit from your expertise.

Wishing you continued success. Have a wonderful day and sell a house.  bill

Apr 28, 2022 01:26 PM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD
http://irstaxdebt.pro - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

we can be thankful for the sunrise and the sunset and everything in between....sunshine kills mold??? LOL

Apr 28, 2022 07:57 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

The number of things we have to be thankful for is endless. One of my favorite exercises is in the shower, when I'm feeling thankful for that hot water - then I go on to all the people and products (including those from nature) that made it possible for me to stand there and enjoy it. It's possible to spend quite a few minutes just going through the list.

And - you could do the same with anything you can think of.

Best of all, I'm thankful to have a family that loves me... nothing better than that!

Apr 28, 2022 08:15 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello David - it can take just a moment to be thankful. . .    And the possibilities to see (and express) thankfulness can be endless.  

Apr 29, 2022 03:31 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Gratitude is an amazing thing. Thank you for your post!

Apr 29, 2022 05:20 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Great post that reminds us what we should focus on in trying times. Remember how we got thru the problem makes us grateful.

Apr 29, 2022 06:22 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi David- I couldn't agree more. All in all, I have a lot to be grateful for...I'm still above dirt, relatively good health, a wonderful family and husband. Life is good. 

Apr 29, 2022 01:21 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I understand how you feel. Back issues and nagging back pain are a constant reminder that everything is NOT okay.  Taking care of your back is priority 1!  Speaking from experience.  Best of luck! 

Apr 29, 2022 05:54 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Apr 30, 2022 07:03 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning David -  thanks for the very inspiring post.  I feel the same way as you.  I look at my problems as learning challenges and I am very thankful.

May 01, 2022 10:49 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I start my appreciate for my gifts when I wake in the morning and appreciate all throughout the day.  I approach any challenge as an opportunity to learn and it takes a lot of stress out of the task.

May 02, 2022 09:09 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

There's something about the small things that just makes everything bigger and happier when you can be happy about those small things: ;

May 02, 2022 09:50 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Goo afternoon David Snell 704.545.0098 ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for week, as I missed it and enjoyed reading it. I've learned too never to take anything for granted.

May 03, 2022 03:03 PM