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What are you thankful for?


I am a deep thinker. I always have been since I was a child. Lately, I feel like my career has not given me what I set out to achieve. I went into the legal field because I wanted to make a difference, and that is why I enjoyed the defense part of it. When people think of the law, they think of the party who says it has been wronged, they never think about the party being accused of the wrong. I always have felt that everyone deserved a defense, not because everyone is innocent, but because people’s intentions aren’t always bad. For example, doctors become doctors to help, and they set out to help every patient. They can’t always help every patient and doctors aren’t always right. It does not mean that they don’t try each and every time, and yes, sometimes, mistakes are made. That does not make those doctors bad doctors, it makes them human. If you look at defense work from that perspective, that’s when you realize that not all plaintiffs are wronged by the parties they sue.

When I look at my career lately, and I look at the state of the economy, I feel sorry for people who get sued or even the ones doing the suing. People are losing their homes and jobs on a daily basis and it is nobody’s fault. This is the reality of the America we currently live in. As Americans, we have changed how we perceive success. For me, I am just happy to have a roof over my children’s heads and food on our table. I am happy that the financial woes of last year are just a memory. I am happy to have an income to provide for my family and that my husband and I are both employed.

Why has the American dream come down to this? What happened to the competitive America our nation once was? We used to be an example for the rest of the world. America used to be the place every immigrant wanted to go to and every foreigner envied the American dream. I know that each of us determines our success at some level, but the holidays are fast approaching, and it saddens me to see so many families struggling. It saddens me that so many have lost homes, jobs, and their American dreams.

I know that many of us take for granted the simple things that we have, a roof over our heads, food on the table, and loved ones, but I choose not to forget the storm that I had to brave for the last two years – a storm that has finally allowed me to see in front of me. I don’t sit at the same table that celebrities or politicians sit and I probably never will, but I have changed because of the long storm I weathered. The biggest lesson I took with me as the storm calmed was how grateful I was for the simple things in my life. I learned how to be practical in order to hold on to those simple things.

I am thankful for so much, but mostly I am thankful for my family, the roof over our heads, the warm heat in our home, and the food on our table. I can’t ever take those things for granted and as much as I wish I could reach out to every family that is struggling, I know that all I can offer prayer. I hope that those prayers enough.

What are you thankful for?

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5 thoughts on “What are you thankful for?

  1. Thanks for making me stop and be reminded about the good things in life. With RA, sometimes it's easy to draw inside and feel self-pity.So, here's my Monday morning thanks…1. My amazing wife of 24 years.2. Four wonderful children.3. A great job in a down economy that I can do even with RA.4. A God who loves us no matter what.Andrewhttp://livingwithra.wordpress.com/

  2. Lana,I am thankful for so much that it's hard to know where to start but here's a sampling:1) Like you, I am thankful for my family… our home… and food.2) I am thankful for caring, thoughtful, amazing friends who inspire me and make the world a better place.3) I am grateful that my numerous chronic illnesses have forced me to slow down, prioritize, focus on what really matters, and appreciate things I might have overlooked if I were healthy. With 27 years of chronic illness under my belt, I have a different perspective than I would have otherwise.4) I am thankful that I have found ways to help others. I led a support group locally from 2001-2008. Then I started my blog. I know I have helped others find needed resources and support.5) I am thankful to the role models and "teachers" in my life. One example would be my acupuncturist. With no disrespect to any of my other doctors, my acupuncturist has helped me more overall than all of my many specialists put together.6) I am thankful for music. Music is very healing for me. It picks me up when I'm feeling lousy. It calms me down when I'm agitated. Music is a special tool for me in dealing with my illnesses.I could go on and on but you get the idea. I have much to be grateful for.Like you, I am very troubled by how many people are struggling with basics like food and shelter.Having almost lost our home on 3 separate occasions because of my medical bills and having gone through a medical bankruptcy, when I see and hear of these stories it just pierces my heart.Thank you for a wonderful post. Like you, I have blogged about gratitude in the past. I think it is so important to appreciate what we have and to remember those who are less fortunate than us.Peace,Jeanne

  3. Even before I was diagnosed with RA I had made a conviction that upon waking each morning I was to think of 4 things I was grateful for. Through this practice it turned out to be 5 things each day; I always had to be thankful I was able to draw a breath in and be alive every morning.

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