Author: Bethany from the Life & Times Team
If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share. – W. Clement Stone
If you have been on social media at all this month, your feed has probably been full of thankful posts. So many warm fuzzies. It is good to take time to pause and remember the little things. Facebook is a wonderful platform for this type of thankful writing. There are so many things to be thankful for when we take the time to look around. But gratitude is often found in unexpected places.
However, when you are writing in your annuary, you need to take a step back. Think about those pivotal moments. There may be a small moment, but usually, it is the big moments that stick with us. The pivotal moments of our lives may not always be happy. When we look back over a year or a lifetime, we are often also thankful for the difficult times.
While in college, I was in a major car accident including multiple broken bones, the jaws of life and a helicopter ride to the hospital. I spent most of that summer in a wheelchair as my leg and arm healed. While I am not thankful for that car accident – I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy – it has given me many opportunities to be thankful since then. I’m thankful for the doctors who put me back together. Thankful for friends who came up to the hospital that night. I remember looking around the room at the faces of my worried friends. To this day, I am still good friends with most of those wonderful people.
As time as passed, I am more keenly aware of my health and how fortunate I am that I still have 2 working legs and arms. I have my bad days where it’s painful to walk up the stairs, but I have good days where I can run for miles. I have set a goal to run a 1/2 marathon before I turn 40. If I don’t make it, I will still be thankful that I am able to try. It amazes me to look back at how much has changed in my life since my crash.
As you look back over the past year, what are you thankful for? When were the pivotal moments for you?
If the events that bring you gratitude are not good or happy, consider them carefully. Maybe they will be failed goals; maybe it’s a lost love. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge them. These vulnerable parts of your story might not be shared on social media, but they will mean so much when shared with those close to you.
Share yourself, for you and your future generations.
Write to remember.