November is special to me for a few different reasons. It has always been filled with warm memories, and holiday traditions; early Christmas music, and eggnog lattes.
I have fond memories of waking up to hot chocolate and hot cinnamon rolls fresh from a warm oven on a downright chilly (often rainy or foggy) Thanksgiving morning; watching the Thanksgiving Day parade on cable while my dad starts prepping the turkey; thinking how one day I would love to actually be on the street in New York watching that giant bird with its pilgrims on its back pass by…
Another great tradition my family has is that my mom, sister, and I go join the
crazed masses and shop from the unfortunate hours of 2am (sometimes midnight) until a more reasonable hour in the morning, and collapse into a booth in some diner and have breakfast. Its exhausting, but it’s always fun – and something we all look forward to every year!
To say the least: I love the holidays. I am happy they are here – and that I am home for them this year.
But November has a new connotation for me this year as well because it is also diabetes awareness month; and this is my very first November with diabetes. And there will be many more to come (God willing).
Having this disease makes you look at things differently. It makes you think that maybe one should be more thankful for every day you’re given – for every day that you have eyes that see – or hair that is all still in its proper place; or organs that work the way they are supposed to. And being especially thankful for the people that love you and put up with you even on those dark, no good, simply BAD days.
That Thanksgiving really isn’t just about stuffing ourselves until we pop; but how we should be thankful for everything and everyone we’ve been blessed with – even the struggles we’ve had (because everything we go through can make us stronger versions of the people we were before), and come out on the other side of… Or the ones we’re in the midst of…
So, this month I will be participating in the 30 Days of Thankfulness Challenge! There is always something to be thankful for – we just have to really look for those little bright spots in the darkness sometimes.
This month I will strive to think of others before myself – to be more considerate before I open my mouth, before I move my hands to action. To show my thankfulness for the people in my life with action instead of just with my words on the internet.
Ali’s Day 1 & 2 Thankfulness List:
- Hot coffee
- finding sugar free holiday creamers at the store!!!!
- The amazing people in my life who have been so supportive – especially with this new challenge that I face daily in my life. And love me even when my blood sugar gets too low! 😀
- My family’s cat, and my dog who make me smile
I love this. ❤