When the stresses of the holiday season, start getting the best of you, take a step back and begin to think about the things in your life that you are thankful for. I know at times it is not easy to focus on the good, when there could be so many things going wrong, but just for one second, close your eyes and think about something that you are thankful for. It can be a simple thing or a complex thing.
As you focus on this one thing that you are thankful for, you should start feeling that your stress levels start to reduce. As the stress levels rise again, think of another thing that you are thankful for, continuing this throughout the day and before you know it the day will have been conquered and you have just gave thanks to all the positive things in your life.
The biggest thing that I am thankful for is my sister. She was diagnosed Leukemia on March 16, 2012 and was told she had a 20% chance to live for two months. She has fought a tough fight, she has showed me what an inspiration a person can be even in the face of adversity. She is still to this day fighting this battle but each day, she grows stronger and has such a wonderful spirit and giving soul that she has inspired me to believe in miracles. Yes, there have been many prayers and many tears along the way, but I am happy to report that her bone marrow tests keep coming back at 0, she IS winning this battle.
I am thankful to many teachers that I have had in my life that ranged from regular schooling, through college and into mid life. I can name the most influential ones by name to this point, but I wont, might be boring. There is one worth mentioning though that has offered guidance and instruction and has re lit a spark in me to show me I can still follow my passions and keep moving forward. She is an instructor, author, leader, guide and inspiration. I asked for her to do healing prayers for my sister and as you see above, there is power in prayer. She stated in an email, “That we’re two little ships on that big sea that have docked together for a while.” I am not sure if she would be thrilled if I used her name, but S.R. thank you from the bottom of my heart…. I am thankful we docked together for a period of time.
I am thankful for the military that defends out country, I am thankful for all teachers who give effortlessly of themselves, I am thankful for the police officers that patrol our streets to make them just a little safer, I am thankful to the firefighters that don’t give a second thought to entering a burning structure, risking life and limb. I am thankful to the Native Americans that sacrificed so much.
These are just a few of the things that I am thankful for, each one takes a little stress off when I am thankful for them.
This blog will be informative and guiding and hopeful you will take a little piece of this and it might make your life a little better, one step, one day at a time.
I am sure that I may bring up subjects that are not easy to swallow, or maybe even rub you the wrong way, but, I know there will be things that you can take from here that you need and leave the rest behind. I will be offering links to different subjects and links to different ideas.
Rest assured, I will not try to tell you what decision to make, or what path to follow or tell you how to run your life, I am only here to offer suggestions and maybe help a little along the way to make things a little easier for you.
I will try to answer comments and questions as I can.
Until the next time,
Blessings to you and your family…