I don’t like to be thought of as a band-wagoner. (one who jumps on the band wagon)
But it is the season of thankfulness and many bloggers are encouraging their readers to be thankful. I want to do the same. Yet it is a hard season for many. Even me.
I was thumbing through our local magazine, SLO Journal, and came across the article by Claire Aagaard titled “Living with Grief and Loss During the Holidays”.
This is for me. Still. Five years later.
The article is 12 simple tips long. You can read her full article here. She gives credit to a book she read by James Miller titled How Will I Get Through the Holidays? (which also sounds good)
These tips are lessons I have been learning in the crucible of life while at the same time experiencing some of the greatest joys that this life has to offer. How are these two opposites: joy & sorrow, able to coexist and not cancel one another out?
Well, is it half empty or half full?
Tip #9 ‘Search out and Count your Blessings’ from Aagaard’s article reminds me to mention the life transforming book that came to me two years ago: One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.
If you haven’t read One Thousand Gifts, you need to. She poetically tells her journey out of the pit of depression and grief through accepting the challenge of a friend: Count your blessings. Ann’s story is compelling. Many agree. Her website has great resources to encourage your counting. Check it out here.
Focusing on thankfulness is not denial of how hard, difficult, painful, depressing your circumstances really are. It is simply adjusting the lens of your perspective to have a clear view on all that is also true. Even when you are grieving.
Start counting your reasons to be thankful. I am.