Thanksgiving is upon us. What is it that you have to be thankful for this year?
Your friends and family?
Your job and the ability to make ends meet?
That all your basic needs are met and you’re able to enjoy life without too much worry?
Take a step back from your life for a moment and consider what it would be if just one of those three things were missing for you right now in this festive season.
I have not health. I have not a leg to stand on and I have not the freedom to even leave the house except for appointments.
I have not a job and because of the lack of health I am not able to go work at a job I’m qualified for because what I do requires me to be physically present.
I have not the ability to make ends meet. Not anymore. I’m between the largest rock and hard place I’ve ever been in thus far in my life.
I have the love of family and friends… but love doesn’t pay the bills.
When I was first hospitalized in April, May, and June this year, everyone was full of love and support with offers of visits, food trains, and help but I learned a long time ago that what people promise they don’t usually deliver; when promising feels so good there isn’t necessarily an impetus to follow through. So while others are considering what to buy in their Black Friday shopping for their loved ones and themselves, I’m considering what I must do at this point to pay rent for another month.
Sell a kidney maybe?!
Is there a section for that on eBay?
I don’t know a lot at the moment, but I do know that there are a lot of people out there who have a hell of a lot to be thankful for and they’re missing it because they’re caught up in the search for the things that don’t really matter at the end of the day.
If you have your health, be thankful.
If you have loved ones, be thankful.
If you have a job, be thankful.
If you don’t have to worry about basic necessities of life, be thankful.
And if you have extra this year, find a place to be generous simply because you are able to do so. You never know when you will be the one in need of the kindness of strangers.