“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” — Tecumseh
Long before we had any idea Jeff was sick, we planned a quick January getaway to Captiva Island, Florida. I had never been there, and always wanted to go. When we began to re-structure our lives in the wake of Jeff’s diagnosis and the intensive treatments planned for the coming year, he wisely refused to cancel the trip, insisting that he wanted to go unless he was absolutely unable. So his chemotherapy schedule was altered to allow us this respite.
What a blessing! Our three days in Captiva underscored the immutable truth of Tecumseh’s words; there are always reasons to give thanks. Even when we know this truth in our minds, it can be difficult to feel it in our hearts during times of great pain. But like all truth, it is eternal and remains despite our temporary inability to grasp it…so even when we do not feel it, we can have faith that it’s still there, waiting for our awareness to return.
Gratitude Made Easy (from The Presents of Presence)
When each day is a blessing (from Sydney Fong)
Unknown blessings (one of my posts)
…and read about the 365 Grateful Project here.
This post was originally published seven years ago today. The original post and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below.