Now….I didn’t ask what you are thankful for…..I was very specific with my question. Are you actually thankful?
Anyone who has gone through hard times will tell you that it’s not easy to find a reason to be thankful when you are in the moment. The difficulty you are facing is what consumes your every thought and feeling…..but even in those horrible times, there are reasons to be thankful.
Was I thankful that I went through cancer? No. Thankful that I had to go through aggressive treatments that nearly killed me? No. Thankful that I’m still living with the effects of cancer treatments today? No. But I’m here. And let me tell you, I am thankful for that. And looking back……I’m thankful for so many other things.
I’m thankful for friends and family that never turned their back on me. I’m thankful for medical professionals that worked tirelessly to save my life. I’m thankful that I grew as a person through one of the hardest times of my life. I’m thankful for the opportunities that have come my way and the friends I have made because of my journey. I’m thankful.
I know what you are thinking….it’s easy to look back and say you can be thankful, because you are no longer in it. I know. You are absolutely right. We go through horrible awful times….and this post isn’t trying to take away from that. When we are broken, down, out, defeated, and just done……you don’t want some happy person coming along telling you to count your blessings. I’ve had those people, and I want to throat punch them. Everyone gets to have their feelings. You can sit in them and feel them….but you do have to come out. That is when you look around you and find at least one thing to be thankful for. That one thing will keep you going and get you started.
Life is really sucky right now. Maybe it’s that time of year….or maybe sucky things are just happening all around me right now. People I love are going through awful things. People are losing their lives. People are being diagnosed with diseases that can kill them. People are facing hardships that can crush them. I feel it. I am too. And it’s so much easier to sink in to my broken heart and stay there. I’ve been trying every single day to be thankful. Some days I don’t. Some days I just can’t.
But I am thankful. I have a beautiful family, and they are all safe and healthy. I have food to feed them and a house to keep them in. I have friends that are like family. They lift me up when I’m falling. Right now I have my health, migraines be damned!
I’m no Mary Sunshine….but finding at least one thing to be thankful for while you are going through hell can sometimes give you a glimmer of hope. And that glimmer is what you go toward to get yourself out of it.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving, where ever you may go.