It’s that time of year when we give “Thanks” for all that we have. Rather than recount the list of things we surely didn’t need in 2020, we could give thanks for those challenges that may have given us a new reason to be thankful.
If we can take a moment to reflect rather than react, we can appreciate this saying: “Storms make trees take deeper roots.”
Recently, in a “Saturday Evening Post” article, there was an interview with a girl that had taken a very bad fall and had become a quadriplegic. Asked by the interviewer, “Are you thankful?” and she replied, “Oh yes.” She then recounted why she was and how she overcame her debilitating circumstance. She counted her blessings. Not once, but twice a day, first in the morning when she awoke and at night before she went to sleep. It was not easy at first because she began dwelling on her unfortunate injury, but slowly, she thought of all the good in her life, even life itself. Soon, her attitude began to improve, and her outlook and hopes for a better life changed radically. (Her original prognosis was to be bedridden for the rest of her life.)
She went back to school and graduated with a degree in science, then earned her masters degree, and finally works for the United Spinal Association as director. She also works with Google, Verizon, Microsoft and tech industry leaders, helping design autonomous vehicles and augmented reality for the disabled.
What a remarkable story of courage and fortitude! And she attributes so much of her transformation into being thankful for who she is, and the blessings she has. Let’s be sure to count ours.