In one of the several FB groups I belong to, the question was asked, “What is one thing (or more) you are thankful for this holiday season?
I listed a couple of things; however, since then I have come up with more so I thought I would share them here. Unlike the song that inspired the title, this is not a list of what I want, but rather what I already have and am thankful for.
- Our new place with its beautiful view and a ton of natural light, which helps my depression. I never wanted to live in a condo again; however, I can’t think of anything wrong with this place. I have felt healthier and happier in the seven months we have been here.
- Our new pup, Miley. It is so great watching all of her “firsts” like snow, the cat, playing in the dog park. Yes, I have to push myself to take her out several times a day (she is a pup), but I get exercise, fresh air and the chance to talk to people!
- Monkey, our black cat whose personality lifts my spirits constantly, from her finding boxes that “just fit”, to her standing under the pet food cupboard waiting for a meal or treat…and she isn’t quiet about it either!
- my care aid, who took me shopping yesterday after everything was done at the condo. That takes a weight off my hubby and gives me a little more freedom. She does so much around the place, tends to my health needs, makes meals and is a real gem of a person.
- My friends who don’t see our moving away as a barrier. It is a good reason to try out a new sushi restaurant!
- This one might sound really off the mark, to those who have chronic illnesses and to those who don’t. I am truly thankful for all my health conditions, physical and mental. “Why,” you ask? I am not thankful that I am sick all the time or of how I am treated in the medical system. But I am thankful that everything I have gone through has made me a stronger person and able to help others.
- I am so thankful for my writing abilities. They went away when my mental health was at its worst but when it came back, I knew that I was on my way to being in control of my illnesses and now I can use my writing to reach out to others who may be feeling the same way as me and may relate to some of my experiences
- I am thankful for my husband’s and my food intolerances. They have forced us to eat healthily and I am enjoying cooking “real” food. I am buying less processed foods and eating things fresh rather than buying in bulk and freezing them.
- I have the best husband in the world! He accepts me as I am in the moment, which is big for a person dealing with mental, emotional and physical challenges.
- Jesus Christ, who has given me all of this and more.
I could probably think of more; however, this is my top ten!
I leave you with Amy Grant’s “Grownup Christmas List”.