Is Thanksgiving a way of life with you?
Maybe like Mary you find yourself too stressed and busy to pause for even a moment…
Mary felt exhausted with the strain of caring for her elderly mother who no longer lived alone. She often collapsed at the end of the day on the sofa. Too tired to even think.
She hadn’t been sleeping well, having more frequent headaches.
Mary’s gratitude consisted of saying grace before meals. She realized even her grace was routine. More a mindless memorization than actually pausing and expressing gratitude for her food.
One day Mary found a group of inspirational quotations. One about Thanksgiving in particular made her stop and want to change…
“Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.”
~ Robert Caspar Lintner
It started Mary thinking. It led her to making a conscious decision to find and give thanks aloud for one additional thing each meal. It was a small step, and helped her rediscover the joy in living and caregiving.
And she noticed a small yet obvious decrease in her signs of stress. She slept better, and had fewer headaches. She felt the tension in her muscles relax as her heart felt lighter, and she rediscovered joy in the little things of life.
What did she give thanks for when it seemed there was nothing to be thankful for?
Mary started small…
- The unconditional love of her dogs…
- The smile when Mary made her mother’s favorite breakfast…
- The joyful laughter of neighborhood children…
- Her latest knitting project…
- Happy memories.
Your list may be shorter, or longer.
Isn’t it amazing how things as simple as inspirational quotations can make a difference?
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This Monday before Thanksgiving, I hope you can find many things to be grateful for. Remember it’s okay to start with just one.
To your healthy and happy caregiving,
Ina Gilmore, M.D. (Retired)
“The Knitting Dr.”
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