Hey there, my reader! ❤ I’m back! Finally. 😛
Between health crap, car issues, and other commitments this past week, I’ve found myself running short on time and energy. Also was dealing with some WiFi connectivity problems over the weekend.
Since Thanksgiving’s coming up this week, I thought I’d jump back in the saddle by sharing a few things for which I’m thankful.
I know, it seems like everyone does this around Thanksgiving (before or on the day, usually not after).
You see blog posts and Facebook posts and Tweets about “What I’m thankful for”, and it begins to seem as though everyone feels socially obligated to make these “thankful” lists.
And maybe some people do.
But when the gratitude is genuine, personal, and honest (rather than fake, untruthful, or highly-manufactured), can you have too much of a good thing?
Gratitude is powerful. And for me, it’s a form of medicine. I actually feel slightly more nourished, awake, and alive when practicing it. (Vitamin G, anyone?) (Actually…that’s an outdated name for riboflavin, but…just humor me. 😉 )
I’m going to be obnoxious, cliché, and predictable (maybe?) and make my own list. If for nothing else, for my own benefit. But my hope is that it will encourage you, too, in some way.
I’ll make it short and sweet though. 🙂
But Before I Go There….
I know what it’s like to be consumed by depression and pain to the point that it seems (and perhaps is, in the moment) impossible to see anything good. To recognize anything in life that merits gratitude.
And sometimes, even when you are aware of the goodness in your life, it’s a real struggle to express any appreciation for it when the suffering seems to outweigh all of it. Any blessings in life are rendered meaningless and worthless in the light of terrible pain.
If that is you this week, please know that you are not alone. I’m not here to tell you to “snap out of it”. While I am advocating gratitude pretty strongly in this post, I just want you to know that you are understood and loved, wherever Thanksgiving week finds you. ❤
As always, you are more than welcome to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if it’s just to say “hi”. 🙂
(If you are contemplating suicide or having any suicidal thoughts, please call your nation’s suicide hotline now. For those of you whose nation is not represented on this list, I apologize. Hopefully in the future I can update this with a more comprehensive list. [If you are aware of one, please share it with me! Thanks in advance.])
Some Things For Which I’m Grateful
(This is not, by any means, a comprehensive list.)
The many times I’ve been spared injury or death from icy roads, wildlife, reckless drivers, or my own carelessness or fatigue (In recent years, I’ve learned to be much more careful while driving. Don’t ask me how I learned. :P).
The times my own self-destructive plans have been foiled. Had they not been thwarted, I might not be here.
The foods I can eat with few or no symptoms or reactions.
Friends who stick with me no matter what. Even when I annoy them, or we disagree on things, or I can’t eat out anywhere with them due to dietary restrictions and my hyper gluten allergy/sensitivity, or can’t afford to attend more expensive events/activities with them.
Some people would give up on me for any or all of these things, but these friends haven’t.
The tremendous support my family has shown me during a difficult season.
Piles of laundry, because it means that I have more than enough clothes to wear.
A dirty kitchen, because it means that we have dishes to contain our food, utensils with which to eat the food, and food to put in the dishes.
Car problems, because it means I have a car to drive.
My doctor, who’s been immensely helpful in my (continuing and far from finished) journey to recovery.
Compromised health, (relative) financial poverty, and friends who have walked/drifted away.
- Compromised health has taught me to find spiritual, mental, and emotional power where physical power is limited. To find more peace in situations where I feel physically (or emotionally) vulnerable.
- Financial poverty has led me to appreciate the other gifts and riches I have in life. And to learn some new ways to save money. It’s helped me gain some practical life skills. Problems I used to “solve” by purchasing something now typically require more creative solutions.
- Watching friends pull away has enabled me to appreciate much more deeply those friends who stick around.
Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving in your nation/society/culture, I hope this week finds you well.
Until next time,
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