Being thankful should not just be one day a year or for a short holiday season…
So many of us lose track of our lives, ourselves, each other; the things that we should be thankful for every day. A recent post in one of the transplant community forums on Facebook, was about a gentleman who had been very sick while waiting for a heart transplant, and his wife, also waiting for a transplant, her third pancreas. I have not yet met his wife, but hope I get to as my sister knows her. He was too sick to be listed for a heart transplant and sadly, he passed away a couple of weeks ago.
Be thankful for your health every second of every day. If you have never been sick with a life threatening or chronic disease, consider yourself very lucky. Those who have suffered with the need for a new organ, and sometimes multiple organs, cancer, diabetes, congenital heart defects, just to mention a very few, know that things can change in a second.
The majority of us take our health, family, friends, homes, jobs, cars and even our clothes for granted, we all do it. I even forget to take a step back and just enjoy the moment I am in, instead of worrying about things that are just out of my control (as much as I try to maintain some control, it is difficult). Sometimes we even forget how to enjoy the wind hitting your face or the smell of the seasons changing. We want things all the time and very rarely does anything truly have a meaning or connection for us, and no our cell phones don’t count! At least this is what I have noticed.
My family and I recently got back from vacation; a Caribbean cruise. So many people were complaining because they didn’t like the dinner table they were sitting at because they weren’t facing the window the right way, their drinks weren’t cold enough, they didn’t want to share their table with another couple or family or there wasn’t the right kind of food out of the buffet. There was by far too much food and that alone could have fed a small country! Seriously people? Be thankful and grateful that you are actually able to take a vacation. My sister and I were simply enjoying the sun and the opportunity to actually have a much needed vacation. The sound of the waves crashing up against the boat and the thankfulness that I got to experience this with the people I love.
So this holiday, remember to be thankful for everything, every day. Not just on a day we are told we should be thankful. It is not about what you get it is about what you give; love, thanks, giving back to others.