On three different occasions today, I was (joyously!) stopped in my tracks by the Gift of Gratitude.
First, the Gift of Gratitude came because a dear friend schlepped a long way with her two young girls for a 48-hour visit. She came because, “Nothing replaces girlfriends being together.” She is so right. Since my diagnosis, I have been astounded by the generosity, patience, support and love given by so many people, in so many ways. My friend’s visit brought back a flood of beautiful memories of kindness and magnanimity shone to me and my family over the past 9+ months (Silver Lining).
Secondly, the Gift of Gratitude came because we took Finally Five for two pre-kindergarten vaccinations. Getting the vaccinations didn’t exactly inspire gratitude, but as she was screaming bloody murder in my arms with crocodile tears streaming down her apple-red cheeks, what I felt was gratitude for being the person in our family diagnosed with and treated for cancer. I imagined how awful it would have been to have seen her (or the HOTY) poked, prodded, bald and sick. I was grateful that it was me (Silver Lining).
Thirdly, the Gift of Gratitude came from a dear reader. She emailed me today to tell me that next week she “gets to start chemo.” She has had many health issues preventing her from beginning her chemo regimen. Her perception is that she “gets to start chemo” rather than that she “has” to start chemo. A very subtle difference in semantics, but big difference in meaning and philosophy (Silver Lining). Despite how insanely sick I was, prior to the infusion of every chemo infusion, I said “thank you” for helping me remove the FBC from my body.
Today I was reminded that gratitude is the best attitude.
If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.