After fifteen days of writing for National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) I’m taking it a little easier today. As I write this it’s late afternoon, and I’m enjoying the view of our mountain so softly lit by the setting sun. The snow barely covers the ground, reminding me that another winter is soon upon us and with it comes the dreaded permanent chill in the air.
The quiet in the house is comforting, the only sound are the bells on my cats’ collars. It soothes me in ways I can’t explain. And so I reflect.
Recently I was asked to create a gratitude challenge for MultipleSclerosis.net, the health website I write for. Often, the holidays are a difficult time for people living with chronic illness, making it important to remember what we’re grateful for instead of focusing on our illness. This issue is not exclusive to those with disabilities. It can also be a lonely or stressful time for others.
I posted three things I am grateful for with accompanying photos. With Thanksgiving coming, I thought I’d write a (very) short gratitude post for my 16th day of NaBloPoMo.
I am grateful that our son had a chance to get to know his great-grandparents.
And that all four of his grandparents are an integral part of his life.
I am grateful I have had an opportunity to travel to see loved ones, and to explore new places.
I am more than grateful for every experience I’ve had, both good and bad, that helped shape my life to bring me to this moment. Because right now I am grateful to you, dear reader, for your comments, encouragement and support. You have enriched me in ways that I never anticipated or take for granted. I humbly thank you.
Have a wonderful Sunday and an empowering week.
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