Often we take things for granted until we lose them!

Family on a camping trip walking near a lake, back view

Family on a camping trip walking near a lake, back view

Tis the season that more people share what they are thankful for. I am thankful to see people on social media listing what they are thankful for versus all the political “stuff”. I watched something the other night that I had recorded the first part of November, it reminded me I am thankful all the negative ads are off the TV now!  When we start listing things we are thankful for I think most of us do a good job of remembering the biggies but often stop short of acknowledging everything we truly have to be thankful for. We often start with family, friends, maybe our church or our jobs. Those are certainly at the top of my list and I never want to take any of those for granted. On social media, I haven’t seen on anyone’s list that they are thankful that they can walk.  When I was 32 years old I blew my knee out playing softball.  Completely tore my ACL and damaged my MCL. The first few days after surgery walking across the room or getting into a shower was extremely challenging.  Several weeks after surgery I could walk but going to the grocery store was exhausting! I had a temporary handicap placard that helped some, but everything took so much longer!  Once I was finally walking again at a fairly good pace, I remember my youngest son, who was around 7 at the time and I were driving around looking for a parking spot. The only thing close was a handicap spot, so we ended up having to park pretty far away.  He said, “don’t you wish you still had that handicap sign for your car?” I smiled and started to say yes, but thankfully I caught myself.  I said “NO! I am so thankful I can walk and I never want to have to use that handicap placard again!” That was, well let’s say a few years ago and even to this day as much as I often look for a good parking spot, when I end up having to walk from the back of the lot, I can’t help but feel thankful I can walk.

Two years ago, I injured my right wrist and had to have surgery. Of course, my right hand is my dominant one. I don’t want to take my left hand for granted but it really has just been a support system for my right hand, with very little skill on its own.  My wrist was in a cast for almost 8 weeks.  I can tell you I had some interesting hair styles during that time. I burnt my forehead more than once with a curling iron. I felt like I needed a big girl bib when I ate anything that had any potential to drip. My hand writing became even more challenging to read.  My wrist today isn’t as strong as it used to be, it gets fatigued more easily and still hurts at times. Can I tell you how thankful I am to have a right hand I can use?! Our oldest son was born blind, so we don’t take our sight for granted. Our youngest son had a hearing loss when he was a toddler that for several weeks we didn’t know if it could be corrected or not so they started teaching him and us some basic sign language. I never want to take my hearing for granted.

Now if you’re sitting around the table at Thanksgiving and are sharing what you are thankful for, if you start giving a more complete list, someone is likely to throw a roll at you!  My challenge to you and myself, is just to remember to be thankful for these things throughout your everyday life. When you get a stinky parking spot be thankful you have the health to walk a little further! When something is a little louder than you would prefer, be thankful for your hearing.  If your eyes are like mine, not as good as they once were, be thankful a good pair of readers can bring you back to 20/20 and so on…

Psalm 100:4-5 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through ALL generations!

May you and your family have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving!

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