Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I am thankful

Note:  Yesterday Brooke McMillan at Livestrong put up a simple, but powerful entry on Posterous about gratitude.  After the wonderful Life Beyond Cancer Retreat this past weekend and with Thanksgiving in mind  I wanted to share a few thoughts of my own.  Blessings to you and yours.  

Photo:  Debbie M. Thomas

I am thankful for health, for the alignment of cells that brings remission.
I am thankful for the love that surpasses all understanding.
I am thankful to taste mystery, each and every day.

I am thankful to have touched my nephew's head when he was just moments old,
and to access that moment of benediction and grace,
by simply remembering it
and there, to this day
is the touch of hair like silk.

I am thankful for my family, the funny, offbeat, whipsmart, messy, really messy and deeply charged lot of us.

I am thankful that I no longer stress that the other shoe will drop.
They have dropped and will again
but when engaged in now shoes recede,
the love that surpasses all understanding
brings us through somehow.

For too many years I thought I was lucky,
now I am thankful.

Interesting article from today's Wall Street Journal: "Grateful people are healthier, happier, long after the leftovers are gobbled up: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704243904575630541486290052.html


Debbie said...

So beautiful my friend! I LOVE this and I am so thankful for you sharing it here! I am really coming more and more to understand the immense power in gratitude, it is quite amazing really. When I am upside down it rights me. It just does, and for that I am also grateful:)
Love you much,

Jody said...

Agree! And I love your sentence, "when I am upside down, it rights me."
It changes our hearts.
love YOU,

Nancy's Point said...

Jody, Beautifully expressed thoughts of gratitude. Thanks for sharing them.

Jody said...

Thanks, Nancy! How are you? I'm so glad to see you here and wish you and yours the best:)

BreastCancerSisterhood.com said...

I'm thankful you and I have been able to meet and spend time together; I'm thankful for Deb and Nancy and all of the women we are privileged to walk with on this breast cancer journey. Because of cancer, each one of us has become different people with a desire to reach out and empower others in some way. We are blessed with loving family, friends and God's grace.


Jody said...

Happy thanksgiving to you and James, Brenda. Hard to think that a year ago we didn't know each other! See you soon.