As I headed home from a trip a few weeks ago, I was once again given a reminder about gratitude. I noticed a bit of a cold coming on, when WHAM, I needed to buy stock in the tissue industry! No it wasn’t the flu, or viral meningitis and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t Ebola since I’m still here to write this. I just ran myself down and my body was reminding me who I hadn’t been taking care of – me. As I snuggled on the sofa with tissues in hand and watched reruns upon reruns of, Castle and Bones, I remembered what I used to tell my children. When difficult things happen we should appreciate them, yes appreciate the difficulty — because those difficult times remind us how great we feel when they ARE NOT happening to us! What timing since we are heading into a big ‘ole holiday of thankfulness!!!
- So I’m grateful I’ve stopped sneezing and when I’m stopped on the freeway for an extra 45 minutes due to an accident, I’m appreciative that it wasn’t me IN the accident.
- I’m thankful I have food in my cabinets and how lucky I am to be able to give an extra dollar or two to the individual standing at the entrance of a fast food chain.
- The simple act of taking a warm shower in my home instead of washing up in the sink at a Circle K, is a blessing that I need to be grateful for daily.
- I am blessed to have a pillow, blanket and bed compared to the autos, underpasses and river beds where many families sleep.
With that said I just had a brilliant idea — why not blend Thanksgiving and Christmas into one ginormous holiday of thanks and love and giving and glitter? Like Thanksmas or Christgiving? It may catch on and turn into a full year of thanks and love and giving and glitter. It could happen….
Grateful for you, my family and a holiday to remind us to be Thankful,