I just want to say at the outset that I’m well aware of the fact that some of the history and the basis for the holiday involving the Pilgrims and the Native Americans is extremely problematic. For us, in our family, we focus on togetherness and sharing what we are thankful for. This year, I spent some time sharing what I’m thankful for each day during the month of November using this calendar:
One thing I have learned over the last few years of living with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer is that if you look for something to be thankful for, you will find it, and the more you practice an attitude of gratefulness, the better your overall outlook will be. When you focus on being grateful, when you focus on the good, the negative things just aren’t as much of a focus.
Now I’m not saying that I don’t experience the negative parts of having a terminal diagnosis, it’s a lot to carry, but I am saying that cultivating good mental health habits is worth it.
And so, today, on this Thanksgiving 2020, I am thankful for all of you. You, yes you. You, who are reading this post. You, who receive the words I write and often respond. You, who follow my efforts and perhaps share them. You, who remind me that I’m not screaming into a void, but am a part of a community.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.