Thankful Thursday – The Kindness of Others

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It’s Thankful Thursday!  What are you Thankful for today??  Let us know in the comments, or share your gratitude via Twitter by using the hashtag #ThankfulThursday!

 

Life is hard.  Even though I have a lot to be Thankful for this year, that hasn’t stopped 2014 from knocking me over and kicking me while I was down, from time to time.

From battling Lyme Disease and crippling nausea, to navigating the waters of the first year of marriage, and a devastating miscarriage, there have been days and hours where I truly felt like I could not go on.  And I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been there.

365 days is a lot of days.  When I think of everything that can happen in just one day, in just one moment, it can be kind of amazing that life isn’t even crazier than it is already.  (But boy am I Thankful it’s not!)

 

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Which is why for today’s Thankful Thursday, I am extremely, importantly, hugely, utterly and completely Thankful to all of the people who have carried me through the bad, and enabled me to continue seeing the good.  There are a lot of people in my life who have done this for me, at one time or another – friends and family most obviously – but I have also been blessed in this lifetime with the most amazing “external” support group, which is who I am mainly thinking of as I write this.

Because not everyone is lucky enough to be surrounded by these kinds of people.  The kind of people who care even though they don’t have to (i.e. they’re not related to you, and have no other sort of relationship obligations to you).  The kind that go out of their way for you, because they seem to just want to.  But they should be!  Everyone deserves that kind of assurance and support from the world around them.  To know that, when the chips are down, there are people who are there.  Even when it’s hard.  Even when you’re at your ugliest, lowest point.  Even when being there – or not – has no real impact on their own personal lives.  Everyone should have at least one person like that in their life.

And somehow, some way, I have lucked into just this crazy abundance of unbelievably wonderful people who never fail to answer the phone when I call.  Words cannot describe how Thankful I am to have been buoyed by this external support group through some pretty rough waters.

 

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Two out of many from my external support group, helping me get some air with me when I got sick during our wedding reception!

Big thanks go to my good friend Hideki T. for snapping this shot!

 

For privacy reasons, I don’t feel comfortable shining the light on any names in particular, but just know that if you’ve heard the Bat Signal and come running, this one’s for you!  Realistically no amount of gratitude or thanks on my part will ever do, but that definitely shouldn’t keep me from trying, so…

Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You!  And Thank You again!

Thank you for your never-ending kindnesses and patience, thank you for healing me and helping me and reaching out your hands to me when mine were full.  Thank you for letting me rant and rave and cry on your shoulders and for wiping away my tears and for telling me that everything would be okay – both for meaning it, and for being right.  Thank you for your hugs and your kisses and your hope and your wisdom.  For teaching me lessons and for still loving me even when I fail to grasp them the first time.

Most of all, Thank You for always reminding me that there are better days, and for still being there next to me when the storm is past, to enjoy the sunshine on our faces together.  I hope you know that your support really does mean the world to me, and that it’s not something I will ever take for granted.

 
 
 

Who are you Thankful for this Thursday??

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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