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This is the time of year when we start dragging out the cookbooks and thinking about our loved ones, family, and gratitude.

And how many bottles of wine it will take to get through Thanksgiving dinner.

Anyway, going into the holiday season can also be a time of reflection of who and what we are thankful for.  A time where we look back on the year with an emphasis on gratitude. 

I love Thanksgiving because it give us a chance to focus on the positives in our lives, instead of rehashing all the embarrassing moments.  Those memories we save for New Year’s Resolutions – example:  “My New Year’s Resolution this year is to not overindulge during the holiday parties and knock over the  company Christmas tree.” 

But I digress.

We can all find something we are thankful for, some may have to look a little harder, but trust me, you can always find gratitude if you search enough.

One year, while in the throws of a Myasthenia Gravis crisis, I spent the evening in bed listening to my happy family downstairs laughing, talking, and best of all, eating.  I remember thinking how lucky they were to be able to swallow food as I hadn’t done so for a very long while. 

I longed to join them but as I laid there, I also wondered about all the others who were unable to be with their families due to illness just like me.

Then it hit me.

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I took that moment and started writing.  I wrote about how I felt, what I was dealing with and what I learned in the process.  With every word I thought of my comrades laying in their beds and wondered how they were processing their circumstances as well.

As I continued to write I started to change.  I saw things in a different way, I understood at a deeper level, if felt gratitude for simply being alive.

Also, I slowly became thankful for the lessons I was learning along the way with Myasthenia Gravis, the autoimmune disease that was ravaging my body.

If I had the choice, would I choose to go down the disease path again to achieve the wisdom I learned along the way?

Hell No.

But we take our lessons as they come and make the best out of what we have in front of us.

Being thankful is a decision.  It’s the choice of,  ‘is the glass half full or half empty’.  We can choose to get stuck in any situation or we can choose to rise above it and see what other opportunities it holds for us.

I often wonder what my bedridden friends are thinking.  Being sick is hard, really hard for many of us but that doesn’t mean we still can’t take a break and find something, anything, to be thankful for.

I am thankful that the words I jotted down while in the middle of a medical meltdown turned into a book, Wellness Warrior – Fighting for Life in Fabulous Shoes.  That book turned into a #1 Bestseller on Amazon. My thought while writing it was to reach every sick comrade and let them know they weren’t alone, I was there too and pulling for them.  Thankfully (hopefully), now they know.

I started the Pay It Forward program, where when you buy my book and give one to a friend in need for free because I want to be able to reach those that don’t have a roadmap to feel thankful yet.  If you haven’t giving a book to someone that really needs it yet, do it now.  You won’t regret it.

Show someone that you are thankful for them.  They may need a little cheering up.  It’s easy to get stuck in sorrow, we’ve all done it at some point.  The best thing about Thanksgiving is that it can help us reframe our sorrow to gratitude, even if it is just for a little while.

About the Author

Lisa Douthit is the author of Amazon’s #1 Bestselling book, Wellness Warrior – Fighting for Life in Fabulous Shoes and an Integrative Health Consultant who is passionate about healing from all perspectives.  After struggling with multiple bouts of cancer and autoimmune disease, no one understands the physical, spiritual, and emotional rollercoaster better than she does. As one of the 40 million American women currently suffering with an autoimmune disease, she made it her mission to have a voice for all those with an invisible illness that cannot, as well as share the understanding of lessons available to us through health issues. She has a private Facebook Group called Wellness Warrior Tribe for all those with chronic illness looking for support and encouragement.  For more out of the box thinking that is guaranteed to bring you joy, Like her FaceBook Page Here or join her tribe Here.

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  • Terry Green

    Great post Lisa! And it’s a great way to look at things. My daughter was in an auto accident on her 25th birthday which resulted in quadriplegia. Not a good thing at all, and I know she certainly wouldn’t wish it on herself if she had any choice in the matter. However, almost 15 years later she will tell you she has a very satisfying life, is happy, and while it was a horrible thing to happen, it gave her a kick in the butt and caused her to be a better mother. She is thankful, not for the accident and disability, but for her life and the changes she has made due to her circumstances.

    • Lisa Douthit

      Thanks for the kind words Terry. If your daughter is interested, I would love for her t join my private Facebook Group for a little support and fun which is filled a bunch of inspirational women who totally get how she feels. They help me keep going some days too!

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