Gratitude has never come easily to me. However, with the observance of American Thanksgiving tomorrow, I am prompted to reflect on the topic of gratitude.
“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” Henry Van Dyke
As a lifelong perfectionist and control freak, I tended to disregard my feelings of kindness and overlooked the expression of gratitude. I felt that I could only be grateful when things were perfect in my life. But with the diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease (PD), things never will be perfect, and there is only so much I can do to control some of my PD symptoms.
While I’ve never been grateful for being diagnosed with PD, I had taken for granted the people and experiences that I had while walking down my PD path. I needed a gratitude adjustment.
I started a Gratitude Journal. Some of the blessings that I recorded include:
I am grateful for the love and companionship of my husband, Tom, over the past 39 years of marriage.
I am grateful for the camaraderie and the sharing within our Bionic Brigade DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) Support Group.
I am grateful to family and friends who accept me with PD and provide encouragement and enjoyment.
I am grateful for the medical and allied health care communities who provide competent and compassionate care.
I am grateful to be a dancer with the Rockyettes. They always make me smile and bring a spring to my step.
I am grateful to the readers of my blog, Shake, Rattle and Roll, who allow me to share my ideas and validate that I’ve found my niche as a voice for those with PD.
With heartfelt thanks and warmest wishes,
Shake, Rattle and Roll