Thanksgiving 2020

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.

38 thoughts on “Thanksgiving 2020

  1. I am thankful as you well, Abigail, for the way you love by opening this window into your world…the good, the bad, the ugly but always bookended with the GOOD. Happy Thanksgiving to you, my brave friend. Keeping you and your family always in my prayers.

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  2. Happy Thanksgiving, I appreciate your explanation as I am South African and not familiar with the custom. I especially like the calendar idea. It is always important to be grateful ❤️💖I am grateful too that you visit my blog. WordPress is a wonderful way to get to know more about other people’s lives. I have learned a lot through meeting you.

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  3. And thankful is at the heart of our lives – I’m thankful for my virtual friends and their support and love I woke up to many text messages and I was grateful to read your post. I recalled I didn’t have your number and thought of a few people I’d have liked to communicated with today.

    Love you Abigail AND enjoy this day with your husband and the kids. You’re a lucky woman. There was someone who my chosen family had to say no to because we decided long ago to keep things small and we did so she said she’d had no one to celebrate with in front of her two kids. I was really shocked – that’s all the love she needed right there so instead of feeling grateful for them she complained. To me that is what will kill too many people after today. I only hope everything works out by Christmas.

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.

    “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

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  5. Dear Abigail, Thank you for reminding us to be aware of the miracles inherent in acknowledging our gratitude for those things we often take for granted. I remain grateful for your wise spirit and for the words you give to us through your blog. You are a blessing to so many of us.

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