Friday, November 18, 2016

An Attitude of Gratitude



It’s been an emotional week in our home. One filled with many lows and many highs. It’s fitting that next week is Thanksgiving because I have many blessings to be thankful for this year, including the continued gift of my recovery because it allowed me to be by my child’s side while they navigate through their own tough journey. My heart swells with pride at the smart choices they are making to avoid going down the path that I did at their age. That kid is one smart cookie! So while I’d love for my child not to have to go through this problem at all, I’m grateful they have the knowledge and tools to handle it properly.

On that note, here’s my Gratitude List:

  • My Faith:      Without it, I would’ve gone batshit crazy by now. God knows how to keep me reminding me that, “Everything is going to be okay.”
  • My Children: They inspire me and encourage me to keep improving my life.
  • My Husband:  He also inspires me and continues to be my biggest cheerleader.
  • My Health:     While my migraines are still a weekly occurrence, things could be far worse.
  • My Recovery:  It changed my life. While I’m still the same ol’ me at heart, I’m no longer a broken mess. Everyone around me benefits from it.
  • My Job:          It’s nothing fancy or even pays well, but it gets me out of the house and they understand I have a disease. They truly get it. And that rocks.
  • Writing:          I love to do it. I’ll never be rich or famous. That’s not my goal. I do it to help people and I hope in some small way I do.
  • Volunteering:  It does my heart good to give back what was so freely given to me. It’s a good reminder of where I came from and where I can so easily return.
  • My Home:        Not just the house itself but all that we have. The ability to have a home, food on the table, and clothes on our back. We don’t live in luxury, but we live above the poverty line and I didn’t always have the ability to say that.
  • The Beach:      Does this really need an explanation? It’s the sun and sand!

What are you grateful for? Are you celebrating Thanksgiving?
 
(Scheduling Note: I won't be posting next week because I'll be stuffing my face full of food.)

41 comments:

  1. Those are all good things! God's grace has gotten me through many things.
    That you've given your children the tools to deal with life is a true blessing.
    I will be offline next week as well. Have a great Thanksgiving!

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    1. I was talking about how His strength has seen me through some tough times just the other night. I'm so grateful for my Faith. I'm also grateful I found those tools to pass onto my kids in time for this crisis. But by the grace of God go I, yes? Happy Thanksgiving, Alex!

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  2. Hi Elsie, what a fantastic list of blessings to be thankful for. I am thankful to God for so much . You've inspired me to make a list - and maybe post it on my blog . I won't be doing thanksgiving - not something we're big on here in the UK. But you guys have a brill time.

    gramswisewords.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Marian. I appreciate that. I love to make gratitude lists to help keep me in a state of of appreciation and focused on the positive rather than being pessimistic. I will have a fantastic time with most of my family around me on Turkey day - thank you!

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    2. Thanks for your comment on my blog Elsie x

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  3. Hi Elsie - yes, a very good list and reminder for others of us. I'm just thankful for many things ... including my health, my positive stance in life ...

    Cheers to a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving ... all the best - Hilary

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    1. I believe having a positive outlook on life is important. I feel it helps us even when it comes to maintaining our health and such. Thank you! I'm looking forward to the holiday.

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  4. Some great things to be grateful for indeed. What happens if you've already gone bat shit crazy? lol the cat lives there. Screw the fame, I'll take the money though. What? A greedy crazy cat is fine, right?

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    1. You've been batshit crazy for as long as I've known you, cat. Hey, if I make a bunch of money, I'd be okay with that. I mean, I can always give some to charity, right?

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    2. The charity of me would be fine by our sea. lol

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  5. I'm grateful for a wonderful husband and stepkids. And to be able to pay my bills even though we are carrying crushing debt again.

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    1. I'm so glad you found your soulmate, JoJo. He's a good man. You deserve it. I hear you on mounting debt. I'm right there with you. :(

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  6. We are having our Thanksgiving tomorrow, since WalMart needs Laurie for the ENTIRETY of next weekend. Trying not to wish ill on Black Friday shoppers.

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    1. That makes me angry and that's one of the reasons I don't shop at Walmart. I can't stand the place!

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  7. Your list of thankfuls are truly all the best and most important ones! I know as a parent how hard it is to see our children struggle as they learn the ropes of life as we once had to and yes, they are blessed to have better tools and understanding, and better support at home, to avoid more of the pitfalls. They will come thru stronger, rather than being protected and never having the opportunity to grow strong. You are an awesome mother, I know it really will be ok!

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    1. Your words give me comfort Josie, thank you. Truly. It's so hard to watch my child go through this crisis. I want nothing more than to "cure" it for them but of course that's not possible, is it? I can only offer what words of wisdom I think can help and lots of hugs. Thank you again.

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  8. You're great with staying positive and realistic. It ain't easy girlfriend. I settled long ago for "realistic cynicism." But your approach is funner and healthier.
    Love you. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving.

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    1. I pretty much go for "wiseassery." It works for me. It also got me beat up a lot when I was a kid.

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    2. I pretty much go for "wiseassery." It works for me. It also got me beat up a lot when I was a kid.

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    3. But your approach (and yours too, Al) is so much fun! Love you, my friend!! Hope your Turkey Day was a ton of fun!

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  9. I am grateful that I have people who love and care for and about me

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    1. That is a true blessing to be surrounded by love.

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  10. They understand you have a disease. They truly get it. And that rocks...

    That is something to be greatful for, all right. I should be so lucky. :)

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    1. Yes and I am so grateful for that. I wish you had the same, Blue.

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  11. Thanksgiving is without question my favorite holiday. I have to say that I am most thankful for my two beautiful children who, lucky them, don't look like me.

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    1. I tend to agree with you, Al. No stress, no pressure, just the family around the table enjoying each other without freaking out about what to get each other. Love it!

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  12. faith is seed from which all that you mention grow so nicely so smoothly .
    thank you for blessing us

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    1. My Faith is what got me as far as I am. Thank you!

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  13. Thank you for the postive attitude and perspective on life ~ I am thankful for my family and my blessings ~ Enjoy your thanksgiving Elsie ~

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    1. Such wonderful things to be thankful for, Grace.

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  14. Glad everything falls (or you take) into positive note and you to be grateful for all! I think thanksgiving is a feel that everyone should bear to let this world sustain in peace and happiness.

    Thank you for being my friend and am really happy for being shared here and there :)

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    1. That just made my heart smile, Jeevan. I'm grateful to have a friend like you. Thank you!

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  15. All fabulous things to be thankful for this year! It really is the simple things we should be so grateful for. Wishing you and your family a very lovely Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thank you, Theresa. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We sure did!

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  16. That's a good Gratitude list. We all have so much for which to be thankful. This year my wife and I are just planning a small quiet dinner by ourselves. That will be a big change, but a welcome change in many ways.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I hope you and your wife enjoyed your quiet Thanksgiving Day dinner. I thought ours would be a small one too but it wasn't and I'm thankful for that!

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  17. I love seeing that you are thankful for what you have, sometimes that's all it takes is putting things in perspective.

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    1. I think that's why I still do my lists, Tess. To remind me of what I have, even when it's not "a lot". :)

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  18. Beach away. =) I completely agree that being a parent makes you push to be better for your children's sake. Loved your list and it made me reflect on my own blessings. Thank you for that!

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    1. I could use the beach right now, Crystal. Is it bad that it's not even the dead of winter, just the first official day, and I'm tired of it already? :)

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