It’s Week 19 of the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge, here’s our challenge for this week:
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Week 19: Health
One of the things we most often take for granted is our health. This past week, I found myself trying to help a friend through the loss of one of her sisters to cancer. I have lost four of my family members to cancer and despite all of my experiences, helping someone else work through it is never easy.
Most of us show signs of sickness or of greater problems which can be easily dealt with when caught early. We all tend to second guess the messages our body is trying to tell us, which can often mean prolonging a sickness that could have been easily dealt with with an antibiotic. In the midst of sickness and unfortunate experiences, it can be difficult to find something to be grateful for.
When we are experiencing a bad day or even a bad week, it can feel like the cards are stacked against us. Despite all I have overcome in my life that brought me where I am today, one thing I have to be grateful for even on my worst days is my health. I can make it out of bed each and every day, and even make it to the gym, both of which might be considered luxuries to others. I can eat any food I crave, while others may have to follow a strict diet to avoid complications.
It’s easy to forget our health in the midst of trials and hard times. If you are there reading this post right now, then you have at least one thing to be grateful for. You have the ability to see and read, something some people may go their entire lives without. So even if you are in poor health, you still have that.
Keep your head up, and stay strong. Remember that even though you may be having a difficult day, week, month, or even year, you can make it through today. You still have your health.