HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL!! Below is a post I published last year, and since I’ve been ‘re-purposing’ everything under the sun these last 5 wks with all my re-decorating, and being that thankful never goes out of style, I thought I’d re-publish this old chestnut. Enjoy the day, and try not to over-do it 😉!
If you are alive, you know pain. No one gets through this life without it. In fact, the older you are, the more familiar you are with it. Whether it is physical, emotional, relational, ect., we are all forced at various points in our walk through this world to endure the distress that comes with the territory.
Thankfulness on the other hand, is a habit. A skill to be practiced and exercised like a muscle so it strengthens and grows. Now, I’m not speaking to those caught in the grip of great suffering. I only address the ‘routine’ complaints and aggravations that we go through on a daily basis. Yes all those things are valid, but realize that if we look hard enough, right beside those ‘pain in the butts’ are many gifts to be thankful for. It can be as simple as realizing you are breathing, or noticing the birds picking through the grass for food while you sit in the sun enjoying the view.
It doesn’t negate or invalidate any of the pain that we are forced to tolerate. It simply helps to create balance so our perspective does not become permanently skewed to the left of ‘chronic’.
3 Easy Holiday Self-Care Tips For The ‘Chronically Ill’~
Carve out ‘quiet time’ for yourself. Take a moment to find a peaceful place to breathe deep and relax away from all the noise and demands of the day. For me, a little place of solitude in the sunshine always works wonders.
Practice 80/20 eating. Try your very best to eat healthy/whole foods 80% of the time, and allow only 20% of your diet to be ‘goodies’. This way you don’t deny yourself your favorite indulgences, but you reap the benefits of the energy and good feelings that nutritious food brings.
Find the ‘positives’ alongside the ‘negatives’ in the day-to-day. Follow the trail of ‘thankfulness’ in your mind as far as it goes.
Mix sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Add puree and vanilla, mix until just incorporated.