"Every life has peaks and shadows and times when it seems that the birds don't sing and the bells don't ring. Yet in spite of discouragement and adversity, those who are happiest seem to have a way of learning from difficult times, becoming stronger, wiser, and happier as a result...How can we love days that are filled with sorrow? We can't--at least not in the moment...But I do believe that the way we react to adversity can be a major factor in how happy and successful we can be in life."
Thanksgiving is a time when people all around our great nation will take time to reflect on their blessings. We all can find so much to be grateful for, even if our lives are not exactly where we want them to be. Finding little things to be thankful for should not be too difficult. Maybe it's a little smile of understanding. A hug. A quick email or text message saying someone was thinking about you. The list goes on and on. If everyone took the time to give and recognize small acts of kindness each day, the world could truly turn into a much more positive place.
Here are a few things I'm grateful for:
1) My neighbors. We have lived in this neighborhood for 2 years now and we really have awesome neighbors. Helpful. Friendly. Great!
2) I am grateful for Sydney's diabetes. Not because I enjoy her having a disease that will never go away, but because it could be so much worse. I am so grateful that she has a disease that is manageable and treatable and not terminal.
3) Friends. Friends who have learned how to take care of Sydney's diabetes and, more than that, they want to because they realize how that takes some of the load off my shoulders. How much luckier could I get?
4) My family. We have a great, supportive family. We are a very diverse group but we are always there to help and support each other.
5) I am grateful for a husband who helps around the house and recognizes that stay-at-home-moms have rough days every once in a while too. He is my best friend and I love him.
6)I am grateful for our armed forces, especially the ones who are sacrificing Thanksgiving with their families so I have the freedom to enjoy it with mine. We will all be eternally indebted to the men and women who work to bless our lives with freedom. I hope they know they have not been forgotten and many prayers are still said on their behalf every day.
What are you grateful for right now?