Holiday Gratitude

Holiday Gratitude

The holidays can be a time of great excitement and great depression. There is always so much to do, so much expectation and more social activity. The added responsibilities can put more stress on people. Someone who is socially a little backward and depressed can retreat and feel more depressed. It takes courage to be positive in spite of the world events or our feelings of loneliness. We really need to work hard to see the glass as half full rather than half empty. The best holiday present that we can give ourselves is to be positive and show gratitude for what we do have. A good way of seeing gratitude is to do volunteer work and give unto others. My youngest son has Down Syndrome and is on the autistic spectrum. As a single parent, it has taken a lot more effort to raise him. He is non verbal 99% of the time but I still long for the day that he says” Hi Mom.’ There have been many moments of frustration and disappointment and pride with the success of his accomplishments. I went to his Christmas party a few weeks ago and got a chance to see all the other participants in the day program. Many of them were in wheelchairs or had breathing issues or anger management issues etc . i was reminded that I am blessed to have a son who is very healthy, gentle, sociable, thin, handsome and just an all around great person. I need to be reminded of how lucky I am that he is so gentle and healthy. If you need reminded to be grateful then look around, do volunteer work, look in the mirror and be grateful for what you do have. Merry Christmas and please share with me some of the things you are grateful for. We all need to hear good news.

 
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