This has been a good week. It’s given me pause, and given me a chance to remember all of the many, many, really innumerable things that I have to be grateful for. I’ve got a roof over my head and four solid walls around me. How many people are there in this world that can’t say that? I’ve got a loving family that has always been here for me, and always will be. My sister came home from college this past week. I just got to help bake (and eat) seven different kinds of pie− the Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Pie is my favorite. I have such amazing opportunities, things I’d never have dreamed of: chances to be an advocate for disability and JACO, to work with great people and speak to college classes, to get out there and make a difference. I’m thankful for friends, and for autumn, and for my religion. I’m thankful for books and dogs and Christmas lights. I’m thankful that I live in a time where being crippled can’t cripple me, because I will beat it every day of my life until the end. Power wheelchairs, service dogs, and robot arms kinda take the sting out of “mobility loss.”
Mostly, I’m thankful for being thankful. Remembering what we’ve got to be happy about actually makes us happy! So give it a shot. Let go of all the things you could feel bad about, and give thanks.