My favorite holiday has always been Thanksgiving. We all know we should be thankful for all we do have every day and to count our blessings, but to have a day set aside specifically to symbolize this has been something that meant a lot to me for as long as I can remember.
While I was toying in my head of writing some sort of vague “Happy Thanksgiving” post for social media I ran across this “Attitude of Gratitude” graphic and it spoke to me.
I do try to hold an “attitude of gratitude” every day of the year, no matter how some things might vex me. I have so much to be grateful for, especially this year- though I suppose we all say that every year when we look back and really think about all of the obstacles we’ve overcome in the last 12 months, all of the let downs, the redirects – or “recalculating” as most of our GPS maps on our phones would say.
So here is my list of my thankful blessings.
I am thankful for my family and friends – both my SL family and my RL family – this year has been a trial for all of us. Each and every one of you stepped up to be a caregiver for me as I went through my cancer treatments and dealt with the aftermath. I am forever thankful I did not have to go on this path alone. From the calls, the texts, the just being there waiting for me when I felt up to being around people, you will never know what an impact you had on my well being.
And this gratefulness extends to my new friends and acquaintances. Those in the inworld cancer survivor support group who were there to let me vent, answer my questions or just have a safe space when I needed it. I hope to always return this favor to you.
I am thankful for all of the different hats I wear and the trust given to me by others to help them reach their vision. It is hard to let go of something you build or create and let others in to help you achieve that next level of success.
I am grateful for all of the opportunities I have had this year to learn and grow. There’s so many ways I could have just curled up and not even attempted to do much this year because of the health challenges I was going through, but I was given opportunities to create and build new things, to learn new skills and to hone the skills I already have. By letting myself grow, I let myself heal and have more hope at the end of the day.
I am thankful for all of the memories from this past year and previous years. Grateful that I have memories still to make and reminiscent of the ones who are no longer with me to share them with.
I am thankful for grace. The grace granted to me that allows me to find my own way, mistakes and all, but never says I am unworthy. I make mistakes all the time, am forgetful (even before my chemo brain), and can be a screw-up on many levels, but through it all I know I can pick myself up and keep going because of the grace I have been given.
And I am forever grateful for hope. Hope that tomorrow will be brighter. Hope for a new day, a new challenge, new growth, new friendships, deeper relationships and understanding with family, greater understanding and more awareness of how I can be a light for those I cross paths with.
And I am thankful for enough even when I am surrounded by a world telling me I should want and push myself for more.
So thank you all for giving me these gifts this year. I wish you have enough today and every day and that you never loose hope and know you always are surrounded by grace. Love more and don’t forget to take plenty of pictures! ♥