With Thanksgiving just three days away, there's a lot to look forward to...mom's famous stuffing, watching football by the fire, the upcoming holiday season. It's so easy to get wrapped up in what's going on that we forget to pause and reflect on what this time of year is truly about: thankfulness.
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." -James 1:17
Reflecting on what we're grateful for doesn't mean that we neglect the challenges we face. Yes, we face hardships, especially as people with T1D. But EVERYONE faces hardships. It's possible to be honest about the rough areas in our lives while also noticing the incredible blessings.
What would happen if the seemingly mundane things we take for granted were gone? Opportunities like going to work or school. The things we use on a daily basis...just at a glance, I see around me: water (hundreds of millions of people do not have clean drinking water), textbooks (I am thankful for my education, opportunities to keep learning, and a chance to use those lessons to help others), diabetes supplies (not everyone has access to meters or insulin...and those are just the basics. I am very thankful we live in a time and place where there are comprehensive treatments for T1D). What do you look up and see?
Thankfulness changes our perspective. Recognizing what we have moves us to the present time, reducing anxiety about the future and negative feelings about the past. Inwardly, this is like pressing "refresh" on our mindsets. Thankfulness—in every situation—also has the power to change our relationships with others. Because we deal with hardships people don't necessarily see (blood sugar swings, tedious care regimens, etc.), we have the superpower of being incredibly sensitive to noticing hardships others are going through. With this superpower, we have the potential to create a deeply meaningful and sincere impact on those around us every single day, but especially during the holiday season.
"All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day." -2 Corinthians 4:15-16
I am thankful for YOU and for the time you took out of your day to read this article. Have a great week and happy Thanksgiving!