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TMS and Thanksgiving

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by G.R., Nov 25, 2013.

  1. G.R.

    G.R. Well known member

    To all my friends on this forum a very happy Thanksgiving. No matter where you are in your
    healing process, there is so much to be thankful for. I know myself sometimes I overlook all
    my blessings because I get so caught up in life or even this healing process. When I am thankful
    even for the small things like heat in my home, a warm bed....it definitely ignites a wonderful
    sense to love my life even in the midst of symptoms.

    My husband told me a few weeks ago to concentrate on all the good things in my life. Make
    a list he said and rehearse it everyday. I did this and although I don't rehearse it everyday
    when I do take the time to slowing go through the list, I find I have a warm smile on my
    face. It is so easy to loose track of the good things when we are experiencing symptoms.

    Whether you are alone or with family this Thanksgiving, I would like to encourage everyone,
    especially myself to focus on all the positive things. And I encourage myself everyday to
    choose life, no matter what the circumstances.

    Have a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving my dear friends.
     
  2. honeybear424

    honeybear424 Well known member

    I've been keeping a "Good Things Diary" for the past several months. Every night before bed, I write down three good things that happened during the day. It's similar to a Gratitude Journal, yet a little different. It's a good reminder to look for the good in life, because it is there, even in the smallest things...like a kitty crawling in my lap while I meditate, or recognizing the interconnectedness of all life as I took a spider outside instead of killing it.

    Happy Thanksgiving! :)
     
  3. G.R.

    G.R. Well known member

    What a great idea!!! I usually just say what I am thankful for but I am going to keep this thankful list in my journal. I think doing before you go to bed
    puts you in a peaceful state.

    There is a book called A Thousand Gifts . I will check on who the author is but she was very depressed and fearful, since she was a child. It was
    like a cloud that followed her wherever she went. Her friend suggested to write down 1.000 reasons why she was thankful. She started doing this and realized
    there was so much to be thankful for, despite the anxiety, depression, and fear. To her surprise, I think she was driving and before she even finished
    the list; the anxiety, depression and fear left her and has never returned. It is such a wonderful book of encouragement about how this young woman
    finds her way back to life and living after being in such a dark tunnel since childhood. all through the power of gratitude!!! I will find out who the
    author is.
     
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  4. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    Happy Thanksgiving to you girls, too. The list of things that make us thankful and a "Good Things Diary" are
    great ideas.Writing about good things before bedtime is a great way to get a restful night's sleep.

    I'm thankful we've only gotten a half inch of snow today. The first of the season.
     
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  5. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    I was able to use a wide shop broom to brush away the snow. Only 1/4 inch deep. Easy job
    and just a wee bit of back pain, nothing to think about.
     
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  6. North Star

    North Star Beloved Grand Eagle

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all! And yes...gratitude is a powerful tool. I often end any journaling with things I'm grateful for....especially if I've done a lot of ranting in my journal. :D

    One thing I am grateful for....this forum and the wonderful people here.
     
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  7. G.R.

    G.R. Well known member

    Walt,
    I wish you were close by I would invite your for Thanksgiving dinner.
    G.R.
     
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  8. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    Thanks, GR. I think everyone can be in more than one place at a time.
    I will be at your turkey table in spirit and really thank you for the invitation.

    I love Thanksgiving because it is so warm and fuzzy and although I love
    Christmas there is no commercialism or gift exchanging.
    It's family and friends getting together. I remember many wonderful
    Thanksgivings.

    One stands out in my memory...
    I was studying journalism at Michigan State University and decided
    to stay in the dorm on campus instead of going home to then Skokie, IL.

    I didn't have a dollar in my pocket, and neither did my roommate,
    a farm boy who also did not go home for that holiday. We were not
    really friends, but got along.

    We didn't have anywhere to go for Thanksgiving dinner, and our dorm
    cafeteria was closed for the holiday weekend, but both of us
    had saved some small boxes of Cornflakes from previous breakfasts
    there, and that, with water, would be our big holiday dinner.
    We ate that, then on a cold but snowless afternoon took a walk on campus,
    which was deserted.

    When we came to the Union Building where the student daily newspaper
    office was on the fourth floor, I noticed a light was on there. We went up
    to the office and saw that the secretary was at her desk. "Would you like
    your pay?" she asked me. I was one of the five night editors and got
    $10 cash each week. "Would I?!" I replied. She gave me $10 and I told
    my farm boy roommate we would spend it on a Thanksgiving dinner.

    We took a bus to Lansing about a half hour from campus and went to
    a restaurant and spent nearly the entire $10 on two turkey dinners.

    It was one of the best Thanksgivings I ever had.
     
  9. North Star

    North Star Beloved Grand Eagle

    What a lovely memory, Walt. And I too wish we could have you over for Thanksgiving. You are a treasure!
     
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  10. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    Thanks, North Star.
    I'll be at your table too, in spirit.

    You and GR will be at mine in spirit, too.
     
  11. G.R.

    G.R. Well known member

    Walt,
    What a wonderful story!!! Thanks for sharing.
    The next few days I will be with family. So, I will miss you.
    You are with me in spirit.
    G.R.
     
  12. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    I'll never forget that Thanksgiving at college.
    There are few things lonelier than staying on campus when
    just about everyone else has gone home for a holiday.

    I've thawed out the frozen Butterball turkey, 13 pounds, and
    so it's ready to roast tomorrow. And I went online to find recipes
    for sweet potato casseroles and herb stuffing.

    Annie is going to go crazy smelling everything baking.

    Have a warm and fuzzy Thanksgiving.
     
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  13. Eric "Herbie" Watson

    Eric "Herbie" Watson Beloved Grand Eagle

    This is such a powerful thread.
    Thank you G.R. for writing it and thank you all for bringing up The Spirit of Thanksgiving. I got to speak to North Star last night on the discussion call in and I felt gratitude through the sound of her voice, thank you North Star and honeybear424 ive never seen you when you weren't lifting someone up or just giving an ear and also all the good advice all of you guys give just gives me the tingles. Bless you all and your all with me in spirit for sure.
     
  14. G.R.

    G.R. Well known member

    Eric, I wish you too can come to my home for Thanksgiving. Thank you for all your encouragement and the time you put in this forum. I so
    enjoy reading your posts. I glean so much from them. I appreciate the time you put into them. G.R.
     
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  15. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi, too, Herbie. Stuff yourself and have a great day.

    I'm having family here for turkey and
    they're bringing a puppy for Annie to play with.
     
  16. Forest

    Forest Beloved Grand Eagle

    Happy thanksgiving, everyone! I hope that everyone who celebrated it (and everyone else!) had a wonderful day.
     

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