In honor of a month that focuses on gratitude, I decided to spend the days leading up to Thanksgiving focusing on those daily moments, both big and small, that leave me feeling thankful. This has been a year rife with challenges and losses, and I am in desperate need of an attitude adjustment. So, I decided to resurrect an attitude of gratitude to salvage 2015. Welcome to day one and some of the things I am thankful for:
- I am grateful for all of the calls and messages from my family and friends near and far who have reached out to me throughout the day to check on me and to offer their love, prayers, and support. As I continue to wrap my brain around my recent cancer diagnosis, it helps tremendously to have such incredible people to wrap their arms around me. Having cancer sucks; having the best support system in the world does not!
- I cannot begin to thank my ex-husband enough for spending the better part of the afternoon working with me in my yard. He was the driving force behind putting two weeks worth of leaves into over 25 bags and restoring order to the premises. In the big picture, yard work is secondary to everything else I am facing, but it felt good to work outside to see a project through from start to finish. The yard may be littered with leaves again very shortly, but it sure made me feel good to look out on a well-manicured lawn on a nice fall day.
- There is something to be said for a conversation about cancer that can put my mind at ease, give me hope, and make me laugh hysterically all at the same time, and I was so thankful to have just such a conversation with my dear friend, Jennifer. She became a member of a different cancer club five years ago, and she is quite simply a bad ass in every sense of the word. Her advice, reassurance, irreverent humor, and straight talk about this disease were just what the doctor ordered. Spoiler alert: Jennifer and I are getting kicked out of our respective clubs very soon!
- Tonight, just as I started writing this post, I received the nicest surprise to end the day on a grateful note. My neighbors, Linda and Abigail, stopped by with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, and even better, they stayed for wonderful chat. I hit the jackpot when I moved to my current home nearly 12 years ago and found myself in the midst of fantastic people like my neighbors. It is truly comforting to know that I am only steps away from people who care about my family and me. The flowers may eventually wilt, but my neighbors will still be here for us.
Today reminded me that there’s always something to be grateful for every day. Always.
Just one thing each day . . .
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