Thanksgiving Eve: Thankful for many other things than just the holiday hoopla
Holidays have changed for me over the years. I am convinced that may be the case for many of us, though some would dare not say so. Some have shared with me that "the joy of holidays has disappeared."
We all have expectations of what holidays are meant to be. Television advertisements have certainly helped that along. So, when our lives are less than Hallmark-perfect, the feels of "less than" begin to eat away at what we do have.
Tomorrow I will not host a Thanksgiving dinner. There will be no holiday hoopla. I have not received any invitations to join any one else in a celebration of the holiday, or to help them in hosting such an event. Life has changed drastically for family members and friends that they are learning to deal with their own expectations of what holidays and life truly mean.
Admittedly, I can allow myself to go into the mindset of melancholy, hurt and pain. I can go into feelings of being discarded and feeling depressed. After all, there is not a moment where I am not surrounded with visions of sugarplums and Santa and Norman Rockwell-inspired visions of family gatherings. (Oh, wait! We are still in Thanksgiving, right?)
I will likely find a place to have a meal with RGD. We may drop in to see a friend's daughter in the hospital who is on bedrest in a hospital, after going into labor yesterday at 24 weeks. She will be there until they can no longer prevent the baby from coming into this world.
Every day can be a day of thanksgiving, whether or not it is filled with turkey and stuffing, and pumpkin pie while watching football games with people who you see once a year. (I am not saying there is not something to be said about this nostalgia.)
However, each day we wake up, there is an opportunity to be thankful for whatever we do have . This year, though there will not likely be turkey and gravy for me, I am thankful for many things.
Here are just a few:
- Life itself
- The people who have stuck with me and encouraged me to keep going after my 2012 diagnosis
- Living where I am safe
- Dear friends and family members who continue to make it a point to let me know they love me by picking up a telephone or sending me something in the mail to surprise me
- Opportunities presented to me when I trust in the process, others and myself
- A new life born yesterday--my grand niece, Rosie, at 9 lbs. 6 oz.
- Having enough
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For what things are you thankful for today, at this moment?
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