Thankful at Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

I hope you find yourself surrounded by family and/or friends this weekend as we count our blessings.

We live in a crazy world at this time.  It’s comforting to know that we don’t have all the noise and chaos of our neighbours to the south.   The world is at a crossroad.  Where will it go from here?  That’s a topic for another day.

For the purpose of this time and this moment in Canada I am grateful to be Canadian.

I have so much to be grateful for.  When I stop to actually think about things I am grateful for the list is long.  When I’m frustrated with my physical condition with my MS, I forget to keep gratitude at the forefront of my mind and this absense of thankfulness makes my disease seem way worse.  When I keep the attitude of gratitude present in my mind it makes my MS just an inconvenience.  I have to look on the bright side of things.

We all live different lives, we have different friends, family, neighbors, hobbies, likes and dislikes and the list goes on.  This makes your journey different from my journey.  But when it’s all said and done, we probably have gratitude for the same things.  I put love of family and friends at the top of my list.  Paul is my rock.  And of course my family and friends are always there for me.    What’s at the top of yours?  Probably something similar to my number one.

I’m grateful for the love and support of my family and friends.  I’m grateful for my Mom (Dad – deceased) and my siblings, Paul and our wonderful friends.

I’m grateful to be Canadian.  It’s a beautiful and great country to call home.  It’s true north “strong and free”.

I’m grateful to be retired……But I’m also grateful for the many years I worked in various different jobs, each offering me life lessons a long the way.

I’m grateful for my two loveable little dogs who love us unconditionally.  There’s nothing quite like the look in the eyes of a dog when it looks up to you.  Dogs are fantastic companions.

I’m grateful to have a roof over my head, a warm bed to climb into every night for rest, and a hot meal on the table when needed for nourishment.

I’m grateful for fresh clean water to drink and cleanse with.  (We take water for granted)

I’m grateful to have been able to live into my late 50’s before having to deal with a serious health issue.  So many people are struck down with illness in their early years.  Many may not get to enjoy the experiences I’ve been able to enjoy due to their illness, economics etc.

We are grateful we traveled to exotic locations before I was “slowed down”.  It would not be quiet as easy to fly to the beautiful places we’ve been to now that I’m disabled.  It’s a big world out there.

I’m grateful to all of the research scientist who are hard at work trying to find a cure for cancer and autoimmune diseases.  It will be a reality one day.

Here’s a crazy one…I’m grateful for my “scooter”.  It allows me to get out and about.

I could ramble on and on about all the things I’m grateful for.  The list is long.

We were out for dinner the other evening with friends and we were being looked after by a lovely waitress.  We were talking with her about what she was doing for this long weekend and she said…”being grateful”.  Her answer caught us by surprise but it made us all aware that we need to take stock.

“Being grateful…..what a good way to spend this weekend!”




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