Finding Peace & Happiness Every Day Of The Year

Vanessa Collins Health Guide
  • November is the month we celebrate Thanksgiving in the states.  Tables will soon be full of  turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, ham, sweet potatoes, and homemade pies.

    Thanksgiving family dinners are often celebrated with traditions that go back for generations.  One thing my husband's family does before eating, is share one thing they are thankful for this time of year.

    We watch the steam rise from a huge bowl of mashed potatoes, as each person at the table takes a turn sharing some blessing they have received.  I like this custom.  It puts things into focus.

    I have been thinking about this tradition, and how it is relevant to those of us living with RA.   Sometimes our disease can overwhelm us.  Sometimes we can lose sight of the light that exists in our lives.

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    I have learned some important lessons since my RA diagnosis.  I decided early on, that I wasn't going to waste time on negative thoughts.

    Once I put my new "plan" into action, I discovered a marvelous thing.  Thoughts dictate are emotions.

    Since I choose to think about positive things, and plan things I still can do, I am happy.  I find joy in things I consider the most important in life.  I count my blessings.

    Instead of fretting over Thanksgiving dinner, I plan a menu that is easy for me to handle.  For instance, we are not having turkey for Thanksgiving this year.  I am cooking a huge pork roast.  Mashed potatoes and gravy, fried apples, and broccoli spears will be on the menu, too.  Cracked wheat rolls will round out our meal.  This is a menu I can handle.

    For dessert, we are having strawberry shortcake.  My father is diabetic, and this is a dessert all of us can eat.

    We will not be having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, but I have always been one to shake things up.    Sharing a good meal with family and friends is the cornerstone of this holiday.  Counting our blessings is what holds the holiday together.

    I don't reserve counting my blessings to a once-a-year holiday.  Being aware of the wonderful parts of life are part of my daily routine.

    If I were to list all of my blessings, I would fill many pages.  I will just list a few.  I am thankful for my husband, good friends, beautiful sunsets, my pets and the little bunny tribe that comes to eat carrots every Spring and Summer.

    What are you thankful for this holiday season?  If you are feeling a bit down, I invite you to try filling your mind with positive thoughts.  Before long, you may just find yourself smiling.

Published On: November 25, 2014