An Attitude Of Gratitude

Vanessa Collins Health Guide
  • Our priest had a homily on this very topic a month or so ago.  I have taken this point of view and applied it to my current health status.


    I was starting to get depressed.  No, acutally, I was depressed.  Tears would spring to my eyes over the smallest things.  I knew I was in trouble.


    I have been in a lot of pain the last few weeks. I finally figured out the weather has a lot to do with that. It has been cloudly,cool and raining. Not a good climate for arthritis of any kind.


    Every morning I was more or less crawling out of bed and making my way to the Tramadol bottle. I would take two, lay down for an hour, then make my way to the shower.  I was starting to wonder how long I was going to be able to work.

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    I suddenly realized that my mind was controlling my emothions.  What I thought about was what I felt. I was not feeling good things.  Instead of wondering what was going to happen to me, I started thinking about the good things in each day. I was so thankful for the sun when it finally showed its face. That made me smile.


    The birds are returning for the Spring, and their songs are beautiful.  The sound of their songs eases my mind, and it eases my pain at the same time.


    I have decided to concentrate on all the blessings I have in my life.  My husband is my biggest blessing. I have many, many more.  As I thought about it, I made a mental list.


    Last Monday I had a call from my doctor's office.  I had another UTI and it was the "bad bug" that is resistant to antibiotics. They said I had to see the urologist right away. I fought back tears as I called and made an appointment to see the specialist the next day.  Then I prayed, and prayed and prayed.  I asked that I please not have to deal w/this UTI right now because I just didn't think I could handle anymore at the moment. I saw the urologist on Tuesday. She did a urinalysis and said there was NO infection. I asked if she was sure.  She said she was, but she would do a culture just to make sure.  If anything was there, she would call me on Thursday.  I have not received  a phone call. 


    That, my friends, is my miracle for the week. For that, I am very, very grateful.




Published On: March 12, 2011