A Month To Be Thankful — Could We Be Thankful All Year?

Often times, the month of November is the time where we give thanks to what we have.  Men and women alike will post messages on their social media accounts once a day for thirty days what they are thankful for.  Children will create projects at school about giving thanks.  Families will go around the table during Thanksgiving expressing their gratitude for something.

Giving thanks is in our nature.  Some of us might send a little prayer up when we realize we need to give thanks for the blessings in our life.  Some might send a personal note in the mail – although a lost art form – to someone we need to give gratitude to or for.  We’ve been taught to say please and thank you since a young age.


Giving thanks has been ingrained in our soul.  However, there are times when we need the reminder to be thankful for what we have.  The idea of the 30 Days of Thanksgiving is to do just that.  It’s not hard to dig into your life and find something you are grateful for.  Last year, I even participated in something similar in my blog posts.  As always, I related it back to my cancer; there was always something to be thankful for.  I had posted two blogs a week for four weeks – a total of eight – about something a cancer patient can be thankful for.

It is difficult for many to be thankful for the things cancer will bring to us.  Maybe there was an outpouring of support.  Maybe you had the best nurse during chemo treatments.  Maybe if you didn’t find your cancer, you wouldn’t have pushed your friend or family member into getting her mammogram.  Taking the time to look into your life and find what it is you are grateful for is worth it.  Many things we take for granted, we just need to change our perspective and take things with gratitude.  When we look through the eyes of gratitude we are able to see the many blessings that surround us on a daily basis.

This month, think about what you are grateful for. Sometimes posting on social media isn’t enough; take it a step further. Send your friend that took you to every appointment a note to thank them for their support. Hug your child and whisper that you appreciate their strength during your time of sickness. Provide your oncology team with a round of coffee. Most importantly, don’t forget to say thank you. Those two little words travel much further and are appreciated more than anyone can realize.

“There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.”

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