Since I celebrate Hanukkah, I decided to take each day of our eight day celebration and write what I am most grateful for.
On the 1st day of Hanukkah, I am very, very grateful for my husband Marc. He is my rock and has been for over 45 years.
On the 2nd day of Hanukkah, I am grateful for my children: my son Jason, my daughter Robin and her husband Greg and my granddaughter Bailey. They are the loves of my life.
On the 3rd day of Hanukkah, I am grateful for my friends. Most of them have been in my life for over 35 years and since most of us live away from our immediate families, we have become family to each other.
On the 4th day of Hanukkah, I am grateful for my love of doing things with my hands. I love crafting especially knitting and beadwork. I especially love knitting afghans for our friends’ children who are getting married and for the babies when they come.
On the 5th day of Hanukkah, I am grateful for my love of reading. I have traveled to different places and learned so much because I love to read everything and anything and have always, since early childhood loved the written word.
On the 6th day of Hanukkah, I am very grateful that we have a wonderful Hanukkah gift of a cruise for our entire family. Since we haven’t seen sun here for the past five days (Harrisburg, PA), it will be wonderful to be in the sunshine and warmth of the Caribbean.
On the 7th day of Hanukkah, I am extremely grateful to the Veterans Administration for supplying a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) to my Type 1 diabetic husband Marc. After a 2 year fight with Medicare that was frustrating and going nowhere, the VA is supplying the monitor and sensors free of charge.
On the 8th day of Hanukkah, I am very grateful to myself for having the tenacity to decide to fight for the CGM. I learned so much about myself during this journey. I never knew I had it in me to blog, to do a Podcast, to speak to so many people across the United States who were in the same predicament as Marc and make so many new friends.
So to everyone who reads my blogs, I wish you all a Merry Christmas (or Hanukkah) and a very Happy and Healthy New Year.
Lovely post, Sue, and thanks for reminding me to count my blessings during this holiday season.
Something I do every morning, when I first wake up, is to sit in the quiet, often with my cat on my lap and my dog snuggled on the sofa beside me, is to write in a “gratitude journal” a minimum of five things I am grateful for. One thing I list every day is my dog and cat. Then I look around me, and think of the day before and the day I am facing and think “what is happening that I have to be thankful for”. Saturday is was the kettle bell ringer and being able to drop a five dollar bill in the kettle, because when my son was young I had no money and called on that agency to help me bring Christmas to my son. I was grateful on Saturday to be able to help some other child see Christmas morning even in just a little way.
Since starting a gratitude journal, first thing every morning, I find my days are just a little bit better.
Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post. I hope every one can count their blessings this season regardless of what holiday they celebrate.