Thanks Giving: Being Thankful Every Day

Updated on November 20, 2019
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Patricia is someone whose life is centered around family. Each day is one more opportunity to show my loved ones how much they mean to me.

We Gather Together

Thanksgiving Day is fast approaching here in the United States. For many it is a time when families get together to feast and share time with loved ones that may not visit often.

Sometimes, some family members are loved more from a distance. You may have one or two in your family.

  • Uncle Bert whose voice echoes around the room.
  • Aunt Lily who hugs too long and is drenched in too much perfume.
  • Cousin Katy who can do everything better than anyone.
  • Sister Anne who wants to tell you everything that has happened since she was born (or at least since last year).

You know who they are. For most of us though, it just wouldn't be the same if one of them was missing.

For me it is a special day. I wish to remember to be thankful for something or someone every single day as I realize that more and more family and friends are leaving the planet.

A Precious Grandson

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Take a minute and make a list

You do not need me to tell you what being thankful means.

Take a minute and list the top 10 things for which you are thankful.

Go ahead. I will wait a bit.

Got it? I bet that once you got started you realized there are a lot more than 10 things that could be on your list.

A Daughter and Her "Man" (as she calls him) and "Baby" Heston Wayne

They are thankful because Ronald McDonald House in Orlando opened nine new rooms. My daughter and grandson travel there often and stay overnight as Heston Wayne has many doctor appointments.
They are thankful because Ronald McDonald House in Orlando opened nine new rooms. My daughter and grandson travel there often and stay overnight as Heston Wayne has many doctor appointments. | Source

What's Important

For me, my family has always been number one. And my relationship with my Higher Power next.

After that the things I am thankful for have changed due to the circumstances I was in at the time.

You see, my daughter and eldest grandson were homeless for a time. I have written about that experience here on HubPages.

When were were homeless the things we were thankful for would seem mundane to some.

My Daughter and Eldest Grandson, Jay

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Many of the hubs I have written address the ongoing battle with cancer that my grandchildren and daughter face daily.

Some may look at a new hub and say "O, no. Not this again!"

It must be stated that living with cancer in the family is a daily event for those who are ill and those who are not.

By sharing the circumstances of my family's journey, my intent is to offer encouragement and HOPE to others who are walking a similar walk.

Homeless and Thankful

Here are some things we were thankful for when we lived in a travel trailer park in a small van in winter.

  • each other
  • warm clothing
  • canned food
  • a can opener
  • enough firewood to heat our food
  • an indoor restroom and shower
  • a faucet for running water at our campsite
  • warm covers when we got sleepy
  • enough money to buy bread and milk
  • a reason to laugh (being chased by a rooster)
  • strong legs and feet that enabled us to walk 8 miles to the store

And, yes. I thought those tales of walking hither, thither, and yon that were told by family members were just that, tales. Now I know.

For Everything, Be Thankful

Circumstances Changed

Over time our circumstances changed and we remain, even to this day, so very thankful for many of the same things. Our personal relationship with each other (that is, my daughter and grandsons and my daughter's husband) is number one.

I guess it is my age but I am thankful for some things more now than I was earlier in life.

  • Getting up every day and being able to greet a new day is a huge reason to be thankful.
  • Being able to hear the voices of my grandchildren and my daughter is yet another.
  • The warmth and love of friends and family that are near and far is so lovely.
  • The wonders of nature that are waiting for me each day as I step outside of my home remind me to give thanks.

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.

— Gerard Good

A Year Later

A few weeks before Thanksgiving last year I wrote an article that was not just another Thanksgiving wish.

My daughter and both grandsons have cancer. My daughter was told that my grandson, Jay, would never reach the age of six or eleven, certainly not thirteen. He is now 24 and is on the planet. (He is currently having chemo.)

My daughter has had cancer---numerous kinds (much of it metastasized now) for 20 years. She has been told on numerous occasions that her time is short.

Just before Thanksgiving of last year, she was told that she had six months to one year left on the planet. As you see that is what prompted last year's article.

It is one year later now and thankfully she is still on the planet. She has refused to give up and give in. She gets up every day and lives life to the fullest. She does rest more now and she is in a lot of pain but she does frequent meditation to help with that.

The oncologists have told her that there is nothing more they can do for her. She has been told that before too.

Sometimes they do find something more.


No matter what...even when you may have a little trouble finding something to be thankful for---keep your sense of humor. It often helps to keep things in perspective.

Being Thankful in the Face of Adversity

It is easy to be thankful every day when life is smooth and no rocky roads show up to throw us off kilter a bit. The sun is shining and the birds are singing. And, all is well in our world.

The test comes when we are forced to find reasons to be thankful when loved ones are snatched from us too soon or unexpectedly.

It is hard when our loved ones are in pain daily, severe horrendous pain, and we can do nothing to stave off that pain.

Finding a new rhythm and filling our days with the business of living is how we, in our family, have tried to make peace with this scourge named cancer.

Trying to make every minute of every day count refocuses our energy.

Exquisite Beauty Awaits

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Why I am Thankful

I am thankful---every single day.

First of all, I am thankful because I choose to be. We choose so much of what comes our way.

Wallowing in self-pity and wailing, "O, woe is me!" is pointless.

Negative energy and negative thinking has no place in my life or in the lives of my family.

I firmly believe that one reason my daughter and both grandsons are on the planet is, in part, because of positive thinking and positive energy.

One way to shine light on tiny reasons or huge reasons to be thankful is to keep a journal. Sometime during the day, jot down something that made you smile and gave your reason to be thankful. My one journal has become many over the years. It is uplifting to revisit them on a day when I may not be feeling too perky.

Do You Take Time Each Day to Acknowledge Reasons to be Thankful?

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Two Reasons to be Thankful: Precious Grandson and a Rainbow

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How will I Feel

Easy for me to say that I am thankful for even the small things when my child and grandchildren are still on the planet.

How will I feel if one of them dies? Honestly, I cannot answer that for certain. I would hope that in honor of their memory that I will continue to find reasons to be thankful. Thankful for all of the wonderful moments we are sharing now.

One thing I know for sure. I am so very blessed to have such a loving family not just the ones mentioned here but scattered throughout Florida and the U.S.

How thankful I am for friends who are the wind beneath my wings. Friends whom I see very often and friends that I correspond with via text and email lift me up and share my joy and sorrow.




Be thankful for today.

Do not miss one single minute of any day.

Taking Time to Smell the Roses

One thing that has helped me to be more appreciative is that I have uncluttered my life to a great extent. I have consciously thought about what brings me real joy. And if something in my life was failing to bring me joy, it no longer had a place in my life. I am learning to slow down, just breathe, and to smell the proverbial roses.

What brings me real joy and what I am most thankful for are the wonderful people with whom I share my time whether in person or via the virtual world.

Things really bring me little joy so I have down-sized quite a bit. There are some things that I treasure but my greatest reason to give thanks is for all of the lovelies who are in my life.

Do what works for you. Discover what it is that evokes a feeling of thankfulness within you and it can be life-changing.

Thank you for spending a few moments with me.

© 2019 Patricia Scott

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    • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Scott 

      4 months ago from North Central Florida

      Good afternoon, Peggy. I tried to remember to be thankful every single day for all of the many blessings that my family and I have. Sometimes it's a little difficult but I'm that hopefully all will work out well in the end. Once again many angels are headed your way.ps

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      This is a reminder to be thankful for each and every day that we get to spend in this life with our loved ones and friends. Sending virtual hugs and blessings your way today.

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      Patricia Scott 

      9 months ago from North Central Florida

      Just know there are Angels right close by...someone you love or someone who comes to your aid just when you need it most Sending more Angels your way ps

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      Luis G Asuncion 

      9 months ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      Yes, I am looking forward to see those angels. Thanks for sharing.

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      Patricia Scott 

      9 months ago from North Central Florida

      O I see. I am sure that brings bittersweet emotions. Take care. Angels are on the way this morning. ps

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      Luis G Asuncion 

      9 months ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      November? All Saints Day and All Souls Day only. Every November 1 & 2 respectively. In which we have a chance to meet each other just to visit at the cemetery.

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      Patricia Scott 

      9 months ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you. It is one day we stop to be thankful and to enjoy each other's company. Do yo have any special celebrations during November in the Phillipines? Sending Angels to you and yours ps

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      Luis G Asuncion 

      9 months ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      Happy Thanksgiving day to you and to the rest of the Americans. Stay safe always.

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      It is my pleasure to share how I feel. I feel so very blessed every single day. And sending good wishes to you today. Angels once again are headed your way ps

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      Dora Weithers 

      10 months ago from The Caribbean

      Pat, thanks for sharing the love and gratitude which you have for your family members, and which you all have for each other. There are so many reasons for you to be grateful, and the same can be said for me and many others. Please enjoy your Thanksgiving celebration every day!

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you for stopping to read and comment. I do believe that uncluttering has helped me to see things more clearly. Thank you too for your kind words. Angels are headed your way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      It does. He is such a gift. He still makes every day brand new. I am going to see him and his brother tomorrow and I am so excited. I have not seen them since last Friday....usually I am over there more often. Hugs and Angels on the way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you, Ruby. and please know my heart goes out to you. It is perfectly normal to feel as you do. It does take time to recover and decide how to go forth. I am still trying to process the death of both sisters this summer so I totally understand how you feel. Hoep and faith will carry us through...we just have to be patient I guess. Angels are headed your way this evening. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so very blessed and do live our lives in the light. Sending many Angels your way ps.

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      Tears are streaming down my cheeks

      Shauna. How humbled I feel. I share our story so that others may find the light that shines for us each day. WE are so blessed. And I am particularly blessed to have sweet peeps like you to help lift me up. Angels are heading your way right now. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so blessed in so many ways. Uncluttering has helped me to see things more clearly, if that makes sense Angels are headed your way this evening. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      O Peggy. It does. And others say that as well...it is not just the grandma speaking. He has such a kind and loving soul too. We are so blessed. Angels once again are headed your way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you, Manatita. We draw strength fro each other and learn new things each day as the pain tries to slip away. We do not however live in darkness but rejoice in the light. Thank you for stopping to read. Angels are headed your way this evening. ps

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      10 months ago from Central Florida

      Padi Kay, this is such a beautiful post and so needed! You're an amazing woman. And I agree - positive attitude and positive energy absolutely have something to do with your family defying the odds. I just wish they didn't have to live in pain.

      Thank you for always being a beacon of light.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. May you share lots of love and laughter.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      10 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Well, Patricia, I am thankful for you and this article! In your closing paragraph, you mention uncluttering our lives. I'm doing this and the benefits are endless.

      You're an inspiring person.

      I wish you peace and love...may it unfold before you.

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 months ago from Houston, Texas

      That smile of Heston's would light up any room in which he would enter. Thanks for sharing that wonderful photo with us, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      I am sure you do fully understand thankfulness since you are a survivor. So glad to hear you are doing well. Sadly there are some who do run away and in that case you did not need them anyway. Your 'trubies' were there and are there now no doubt. Take care of you. Sending many Angels your way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      You are so right...every day is a reason to celebrate ....we do not need some date to be the reason for such celebration. Many Angels headed your way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      So very thankful indeed. For so many years we have been told that our family members were going to leave us soon. How blessed we are that they still are among the living. Thank you for your prayers and blessings. Sending many Angels your way this pre-Thanksgiving week. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you for stopping to read and comment. Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving this year. Angels are headed your way this afternoon ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      We are so blessed. We have climbed mountains together and continue to do so. And we do treasure the time we spend together. Sending a happy Thanksgiving wish your way. Angels once again are on the way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you, Randi, for your kind words. I try to give out to others what others have so often given me---caring and love. It does come full circle. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all of your family. Angels once again are headed your way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      That is way cool, indeed, Bill. How blessed we are to draw strength from one another. Thanking you for the blessings and love and I will share them with my lovelies. Hugs and many Angels are headed your way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you so much for adding them to your prayers. We do know how much God loves us. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Angels are headed your way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you, Pamela. I TRY to be strong and brave but some days I come up lacking. But regardless I am so blessed and so thankful for my lovelies who get up each day and fight the good fight. Thank you for stopping to visit. Angels are headed your way this afternoon. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      And no one had to hit me over the head with a stick....or, maybe they did but it was a different kind of stick. Anyway I/we got the message. Thank you and they do. Angels once again headed to you ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      You are so right, Eric. My family is living with the C. It is a choice I think. Choosing to face off with it and making each day count. Thank you so much for sharing your insight. Angels are headed your way. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you, Louise, and the same to you. Amen....thankful for life---what a gift it is. I do also know there are many who are worse off than me and mine which makes me even more thankful. But wishing I had more to give to help others. Angels are headed your way this afternoon ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      Yes, Rebecca. We laugh about the adventures then....about 22 years ago now. Especially being chased by the rooster who owned the camp ground. Thank you for stopping..yes we are so blessed that they are still on this planet. Sending many Angels your way this afternoon. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      Devika, thank you for stopping. We are blessed to have special people in our lives and that we can greet a new day. Sending you many good wishes and Angels all the way to Croatia. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      Every one of us has challenges. We have been made stronger and wiser, I hope, because of ours. Thank you so much for stopping to read and comment. Angels once again are headed your way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      I know it will be a lovely day as is each day I spend with them. How blessed we are. Sending many Angels your way this afternoon. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      You are so welcome and know your visit is very much appreciated. This year has been quite a year and I knew that I would be remiss by letting this time of the year slip by without paying homage to it. Sending Angels once again your way. ps

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      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My elder sister from Mexico called and we were laughing. Thanksgiving like Christmas are so arbitrary of dates. And we just love them. For sure we try to do Thanksgiving every day and celebrate the birth of Christ every day. But so fun to have a special day. Thanks for reminding us.

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      I responded but do not see it so here goes. Thank you for stopping. I do so believe that every day we have so many reasons to be thankful. One of them is for readers like you who stop to read and comment. thank you. Angels are headed your way this afternoon. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from North Central Florida

      John, So nice of you to stop by. We do have many reasons to be thankful, don't we? Thank you for taking time to stop and read and comment. Angels are headed your way this afternoon ps

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 months ago from Houston, Texas

      When it comes down to it, I think that you have discovered what matters most in life. It is not things, but people, experiences, and memories. May your memories keep you warm at night. Hugs from Houston.

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      Linda Rogers 

      10 months ago from Minnesota

      You do a terrific job of succinctly illustrating how we get to Gratitude and Thanksgiving, I too have come to a different level of things I'm grateful for now that I'm in my 50's. Things that once were important at a younger age hold little to no meaning anymore. What counts the most to me after a cancer diagnosis are things like waking up in the morning and knowing I kicked Cancer's Arss 16 years ago. I thank God I no longer feel sick and can do my daily walking routine. I am grateful for real friends/family that truly support me; not the fake ones that ran away when I was sick. I thank God for his constant love for me and those I love. You and I are kindred spirits in our way of thinking and living. God Bless you and your lovelies this Thanksgiving.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      10 months ago from Southern Illinois

      We have much to be thankful for. As my friends on Hubpages know, I lost my son Jackie last December and I lost all hope. I even went to my pastor and said, " It did a lot of good, you praying for my son. " I was so angry and went through all the emotions. It has taken me some time to recover my hope and faith. I read your story and see the pain, yet you give inspiration to others. God bless you and your precious family.

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      manatita44 

      10 months ago from london

      Eloquently expressed. At least you come across as sincere and seem to know what you want.

      We are all having our unique experiences. The universe blesses us, each individually in its own way and we try our best to do our duty ... to understand the game.

      It seems to be filled with joys and sorrows, all part of the plan. The Divine Weaver laughs in the eyes of loved ones and cries in the Hearts of the wounded, licking their tears.

      What a facinating world! What a miraculous weave!

      Happy Thanksgiving! May you be granted even more fortitude, sacrifice and concern and may the Light within continues to guide you in all you do. Peace!

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      Rachel Alba 

      10 months ago

      Hi Pat., What a beautiful article. God bless your daughter and her family. Yes, you can be thankful they are still with you. We all have something to be thankful for that we weren't sure about. Thank you for sharing your story and your thoughts. My prayers are with you. I wish your many blessings for this Thanksgiving and many more.

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      Linda Lum 

      10 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Your pages are inspiring. Rather than an "oh no, not another one" reaction, I am glad to see you here. Thanksgiving is not just one day--it's an 'attitude of gratitude' that we should carry with us each and every day.

      Blessings to you and your loving family.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      10 months ago

      You and your family are such an inspiration Patricia and the way you have all faced the many challenges in your lives is incredible. It's true treasure the time spent with the people you love and appreciate each precious moment. I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving when it arrives and I hope you all continue to thrive and enjoy the many wonderful moments you so deserve.

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      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Patricia it went something like this;

      "Hey dad why don't you act like you have cancer?" "I mean like aren't you dying or something from it?"

      "Son I am not dying from it, I am living from it".

      "That makes no sense."

      "Life makes no sense son, but suffering makes less sense" "You know what I told you, I am grateful for being grateful and life goes on"

      "Let's play soccer"

      And so the beat of breathing goes on.

      I am grateful that your family thrives in the face of adversity. This is the shining light of life.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      10 months ago from Mesa, AZ

      Another beautiful article, Patricia! And a timely reminder. I don’t believe I have met anyone with your grace. I am humbled by your words and attitude. I wish you and your beautiful family all the best. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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      Bill Holland 

      10 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I gain strength from your strength,and ain't that so very cool? I am a firm believer in the power of positive energy,and your article,my friend,is a perfect example of that power. Sending blessings and love to you and that beautiful family of yours,and thank you for sharing your truths with us.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      10 months ago from Ohio

      Thanks for this wonderful article. I will add your daughter and grandchildren to my prayers. Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Louise Powles 

      10 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I loved reading your hub. You have such a lovely family. I am thankful every day for my life. I know there are people worse off than me, especially at this time of year with Christmas coming. I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving and the swiftly approaching Christmas season!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      10 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Patricia, this article with the family pictures made me smile as you area absolutely right about being thankful. I have a number of health problems, pain and I thank God every day for those loving people in my life.

      I have heard that I should keep an attitude of gratitude and it feels so much better than misery. I can't imagine dealing with cancer in 3 people I adore, and I have great respect for you. Plus, you spent those weeks in TX with a person passing away. You are a strong, brave woman, Patricia. I am going to pray for you and your family and seen blessings your way.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      10 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Patricia, first, I'm glad to hear your loved ones are still with you. Second, you have such a wonderful way of expressing your thoughts, and thanks for sharing them. A true writer. I laughed about the can opener.

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      Devika Primić 

      10 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I am thankful each day for getting out of bed and blessed in having special people in my life. Being thankful should be for each day no hen tragedy strikes. Great words and definitely meaningful for this time of year. Keep well!

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      Liz Westwood 

      10 months ago from UK

      I am in awe of your positivity in the circumstances you face. Your article is a challenge to its readers. If you can be thankful in spite of all these challenges, it inspires the rest of us to be thankful too. Thank you for sharing and I trust that you have a lovely Thanksgiving with your family.

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      Lora Hollings 

      10 months ago

      This is a beautiful article, Patricia, that can enlighten us all on the value of living every moment to the fullest and being thankful for just being able to have the gift of life and experience the love of our precious family members and friends! Your sentiments about your daughter and grandsons are so touching and I love the photos that you included as well. Yes, this is the time of the year to reflect deeply on all that we have been given and appreciate the chance to show others how much their lives mean to us. None of us know how long we have, we only know that we have the present so we must make the most of those moments. Thanks for sharing!

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      John Hansen 

      10 months ago from Queensland Australia

      ps, this is a wonderful article of thanksgiving at this time of year. We don't celebrate the event here in Australia, but we do need to be thankful for every day on the planet and for the love of those close to us. This is very positive and inspiring to others to not wallow in self-pity. It doesn't get you anywhere, and the power of positive thinking is much more fruitful.

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