Reasons To Be Grateful

A lot of times I’m grateful, but sometimes I forget.  It’s hard to be positive when you’re feeling blue.  My husband, Henri, helped me with this when I was dealing with my mom’s cancer a few years ago.

He was still in his truck and I met him in the driveway.  He asked how I was doing.  I was so scared about taking my mother to chemo, how she would react, how I would juggle doctor appointments and back-to-school night and tears just started rolling down my face.  He said if it would help I could yell at him or punch him or something.  But I wasn’t angry, just filled with sadness.

“Lisa, this is going to sound crazy, but maybe your mother’s cancer is a good thing.  Not that cancer is ever good, but at least you have this time together.  Just think, if you hadn’t called to check on her back in July, she could have died on the floor and you never would have had a chance to say goodbye.  By her moving in with us, she now gets a chance to really know her grandchildren, not just see them twice a year.  You get the chance to create the relationship you always wanted with your mother.”

That helped me immeasurably.

Standing with my mom and son in 2014

When I asked my mother how she was feeling and she said, “Like shit; I have cancer.”

I said, “Hey at least you don’t have Ebola.”

Her face changed and she said, “You know, that’s true.”

“At least you’re finally starting treatment now, and you have something that can be treated,” I said.

“And I’m grateful you’re taking care of me, Lisa.  I don’t know how people do this on their own.”

When she said that, I can’t even begin to tell you how good that made me feel.  Everyone finds themselves in difficult situations.  You may not be able to change your circumstances, but you absolutely can change your attitude, and that starts with being grateful for what you have and for the people in your life who matter.

How about you?  What are you thankful for?

Lisa ;)

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