Happy Thanksgiving, friends! I hope everyone has had a fun-filled Thanksgiving, full of laughter, love, friends, and family. It’s always the time of year where you see all of the “thankful” posts. And, those are wonderful! I love seeing people so happy, being around their loved ones. I just want to take a minute and reflect on the things I’m thankful for. This year hasn’t been everything I wanted, and I certainly haven’t been thankful for all of it, but tonight is a good night to focus on what I am thankful for.
You all know that this year has been relatively rough for me. But, in all of it, I’ve realized, I have much to be thankful for. I took care of a patient yesterday who has MS, and has had it for a number of years. Although my patient was in the hospital for unrelated reasons, I naturally thought about my own MS. With the exception of last year when I was diagnosed, I am so thankful I have been able to walk. Such a simple thing, but I’m thankful I’ve been able to walk down the hospital hallway to get to my patients. Also, unlike a few months ago, I didn’t have to take a minute to collect my thoughts and pray away fearful emotions that, before, would have quickly risen to the surface. With the exception of one week several months ago, I’m thankful that I haven’t had another MS flare. So thankful. I am also thankful that I no longer wonder what’s the point of getting out of bed in the morning, like I did when I first moved here. God is protecting me, guys.
I’m thankful that God has given me the strength to stay motivated. I’m thankful I’m able to be active in the gym, with the interests of my health at heart. I’m thankful that my health hasn’t inhibited me from doing that in recent months.
I’m so thankful for the friends I’ve made here in Colorado Springs. Many of them are now family. It has made a difficult transition so much more tolerable. I’m so thankful for the group of people I work with. There are amazing people out there, my friends. Many of them happen to work on my unit at Memorial Hospital! I feel very blessed to have started my career with such a supportive, intelligent, and hardworking group of people. I’m thankful for old friends who have been there for me this past year, who have reminded me that my faith and my soul were still there, underneath all of the grief. Thank you.
There are the surface things that I am thankful for, and then there are other things that I am also thankful for (every year, in fact). I’m thankful for the way I was raised in the church. With the chaos the world has been experiencing lately, it’s a beautiful thing to know that God is in charge, regardless of what happens, and He knows what He’s doing. I am thankful for the passions that my two diseases have brought into my life. That may sound odd, but it’s such a blessing that I want to do something with them instead of wanting to sit and give up on life. I’m thankful that I have this blog as an outlet. I’m thankful for the opportunities it is bringing into my life.
As I think back over relationships in my life, with old friends, current friends, family members, boyfriends, friends with whom I haven’t spoken in a long while, I’m thankful for each and every one of them. I learned something different either about myself or about life because of each person. Some have inspired me, some have taken care of me, some have pushed me to do better, some I blame for my sweet tooth (thanks mom), and some have been there for me at the worst times in my life; each person has left an impact. That is something I’m most thankful for. God places people in my life when I need them most. But, most of all, I’m thankful for God’s faithfulness this past year, even when I couldn’t even form the words to pray through my grief. I’m so grateful God has carried me through to the other side. The bad days don’t scare me as much anymore. If that’s not a miracle, I don’t know what is.
So, love your friends, love your family, love your coworkers, love your dogs. But, don’t just do it today. Always remember what you’re thankful for, and let people know about it. It’s a start to making the world a better place.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
-1 Thessalonians 5:16-17