even though it’s not november

It would be easy to be angry. This wasn’t the life I expected to have. I didn’t expect to face my uncertain future in a wheelchair with a stroke-effected appearance and a prison of my own body.

It would be SO easy to be angry.

I work hard to stay thankful. In spite of my obstacles or because of them. Without the struggles of a young parent with Peyton, then a young mother facing a lifetime disabled I have had the truth of thankfulness taught to me.

Thankful is an app on my phone that allows me to still read when my shaking vision and one-handedness would have taken that from me. It’s knowing I’m teaching my kids and their friends an important lesson about the ability of a parent to STILL be a parent no matter what they appear. It’s being outraged and irritated at slights towards the handicapped but knowing there have been great changes made because people care. It’s the myriad doctors and their skills that have allowed me to be alive.

I’m thankful.

Every day.

I gripe. I complain. I moan.

I’m allowed.

It’s all a tiny whisper in comparison to the thanks I give. Feel. Scream in my heart.

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14 Responses to even though it’s not november

  1. Maggie S. March 22, 2013 at 6:01 AM #

    Thanks, I needed this. Even though my mountain is smaller. I have been struggling to define Thankful, let alone figure out what I have to be thankful for.

    I’ll try.

    Maggie S.´s last post…Prescription for Trust

  2. Naomi March 22, 2013 at 1:11 AM #

    What a great reminder that we are all allowed to gripe and complain AND at the same time be thankful and grateful. I needed this today.

    Naomi´s last post…The Passion of Tortoises – a guest post

  3. Aimee Giese | Greeblemonkey March 21, 2013 at 8:08 PM #

    Love you lady.

    Aimee Giese | Greeblemonkey´s last post…Safety First

    • Anissa Mayhew March 21, 2013 at 10:23 PM #

      Back at you, hot stuff

  4. Colleen March 21, 2013 at 3:58 PM #

    As a person who is not ‘walking in your shoes’, it would be easy to assume that a person could get lost in all that has changed in your life. The ability to focus on gratitude (while still allowing yourself to be human and feel outraged and irritated at times) is something that each and every one of us should strive to focus on. Every day. Thank you for your poignant reminder.

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