Give Thanks For the Bad.

If having Alopecia has taught me anything, it’s that you need to change your perspective. You need to see differently.

I suppose we typically give thanks for our warm houses, the food on the table and being surrounded by family, right? I get it. I am totally with you. My insides are still aching from laughing so hard today with my family. But can we give thanks for the things that make us mad, annoyed or just plain tired?

I cringe when I see the laundry basket overflowing. Then I groan dramatically all the way to the washing machine and throughout the process of loading it and pouring the soap. I hate laundry. I try to snap myself out of it and think -WOW I have the luxury of picking out and mixing/matching all these clothes every week.

I also loathe grocery shopping. I hate spending money, I hate unloading and putting away all the bottles, cans, and freezer items. Once again, I try to snap myself out of it and think – wow I have the luxury of going to the store and buying whatever I want or more importantly whatever we need.

It seems like life is sometimes stuck in fast-motion. I often get upset that I don’t have enough time to spend with my friends, especially those who I’ve known for years.  What a luxury it is to have true, faithful friends, especially in a world where people are shallow and self-centered.

And the hardest of all – a fight with a spouse. It stings, doesn’t it? It is awkward, sticky, uncomfortable and leaves both parties feeling bad. But without that fight, we wouldn’t have the chance to make up and realize the love we take for granted everyday. We get the chance to relearn the reasons(s) we love our spouse so much (the ability to forgive and forget, anyone?!)

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for all that everyday stuff which at the time, seems like an obstacle but in actuality is a learning opportunity.


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