Yesterday was my birthday and it’s a great time for me to express gratitude for all my blessings. I actually count my blessings regularly in my prayers, but my birthday is a great time for me to express my gratitude to others.
1. My family
My greatest blessing is, of course, my husband and two amazing boys. Our life isn’t always easy, and it certainly isn’t tidy, but I wouldn’t change a thing.
The awareness of just how blessed we are is much greater since Russ’s cancer diagnosis, treatment and remission. Since 2011 not a day goes by that we don’t give thanks for his health. The fear and uncertainty, the possibility of losing my best friend, have given way to daily gratitude for the chance to make new memories and watch our boys grow up.
My family doesn’t, of course, just include the people who live in my home. I have been blessed since I was born with two amazing parents. My parents are two of the most loving and giving people I’ve ever known. They are always there with support and advice, ready to help in any way they can. I am who I am today in large part because of the lessons they taught me when I was a child. I love you, Mom and Dad!
2. My health
There was a time I felt guilty because I am so healthy. When Russ came home from the hospital and was weak and sick and sleeping all the time (terrifying for someone who knew him strong and powerful with more energy than any two fortysomething men) I wanted so badly to give him what I had in abundance.
My health is something I don’t take for granted. I do my best to eat right and exercise regularly. My Shaklee supplement regimen, of course, helps a lot too. I feel good every day and rarely get sick, in spite of being surrounded by cooties every day, LOL!
3. My faith
At the risk of sounding sappy, I am awed at the sacrifice God made for me. Every Easter our pastor sings the Exultet, the announcement of Christ’s death and resurrection. The line that resonates most with me: “To ransom a slave, You gave away Your Son.” We are so unworthy of His sacrifice, but He did it anyway! All He wants is our love in return.
Every day, I know God makes the sun come up for me. He brings the rain so I can have food to eat and water to drink. He protects me, guides me, speaks to me and loves me as if I were the only person on Earth. His love is a gift I will never understand but give thanks for every day of my life.
4. My career
That’s right, I am grateful for YOU. The ability to make a difference in the lives and health of others is a blessing that I can’t understate. When someone tells me I helped them feel better, understand what’s going on, or take control of a health concern, that’s a happiness like no other.
Beyond seeing patients in the office, I’m thankful for the idea that led me to create my website and blog almost 3 years ago. Since that time I have learned so much about medicine through my commitment to write quality content for you. If I didn’t have my readers expecting me to deliver posts week after week, I wouldn’t have had nearly the incentive to keep reading and researching. I discovered a passion in myself for integrative and holistic health that grew from my research and curiosity.
I’m 44 years old and wouldn’t change one little thing in my life. It’s not perfect, but it’s mine and I love it. I have been so thoroughly and extravagantly blessed that I can’t imagine what good things are going to happen over the next year. Can’t wait to see! Thank you for following along with me!