Thanksgiving Day Gratitude From A Breast Cancer Survivor

In Breast Cancer, Creating Happiness, Recent Posts by Barbara Jacoby

It’s so hard to believe that Thanksgiving Day is here again. I always look forward to it because it is my favorite holiday of the year. I do have a whole set of rituals that include preparing a traditional dinner while watching the parades and the football games and inaugurating the Christmas season by turning on the tree lights on Thanksgiving night. But, the meaning behind the holiday is so much more important to me.

I will be saying extra prayers for every person who is suffering with the request that whatever is causing the pain in their lives be removed.Barbara Jacoby

While I do start and end each day with my own special prayers of gratitude, I love having a day to reflect on all that has happened during the previous year for which I am grateful. I love thinking about the very special new people who have entered my life and have already had a positive affect on me in so many ways. I am so excited thinking about those who have been in my life for long periods of time and reflecting upon the interactions that we have had. I am so thankful for the opportunities that I have had to share time with my family and for every meal that I shared with a friend during the year. And I am so excited about all of the wonderful things and events that are promised for the coming year and grateful for the opportunities that they will bring.

But, the big difference in having this special holiday is that I always make time to think about all of the other things that we may just take for granted on a day-to-day basis. Most important to me is my wonderful husband who makes my life complete. I am so grateful for the home that we have made together for so many years. I am so thankful for our work that allows for us to have the food on our table and the ability to have a comfortable place to live. And perhaps above all, I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate the ability to have what we need in order to create the projects that we want in order to make a difference in the lives of others.

So as I sit down to the most awesome meal of the year this comin week, I will be saying my personal thanks for each and every person who has touched my life and my heart during the past year. I will be saying extra prayers for every person who is suffering with the request that whatever is causing the pain in their lives be removed. For those who need work, I am asking that the perfect lead and all the necessary resources that they need be brought to them. I am asking that we all find it in our hearts to be just a little bit kinder to one another. I am requesting that we all be tolerant of those around us and allow each other to make the choices and live the lives that we choose for ourselves. And most of all, I will pray that we all learn how to truly love one another.

I am sending out a wish to all of you that you have the happiest Thanksgiving ever and that you share the true meaning of this holiday with one another in any and every way that you can. And I am wishing that when Thanksgiving Day comes around again next year, your life will be filled with all of the peace and love and joy that you could possibly enjoy.

Happy Thanksgiving!