Take a Breather. It is Time to be Thankful.

Sifting through recipes, battling the crowds in the supermarket, setting the table, preparing the pie crusts, I run around like a maniac.

Sure I have been frustrated lately and complained about life’s challenges. The world has been unsettled, all kinds of things have fired me up. All of it reminds me to count my blessings and appreciate what I have. And so I do take this moment in time to reflect.

Thanksgiving memories take me to my childhood. I am watching the Macy’s parade on television and waiting for my grandparents to pull into the driveway. Thanksgiving traditions have changed over the years and now I am hosting the holiday at my home with my own children. This year another transition as a newly minted “empty nester” anxiously awaits her children coming home from college and creating the buzz that has been missing.

It is a busy time and sometimes it all can be stressful as the days seem shorter and life becomes busier and busier. It is hard not to just focus on the logistics of the day and I remind myself of take the opportunity to reflect and give thanks. Sometimes it is too easy to just go through the motions.

So, this year, I take a breather BEFORE the activity revs up to reflect and give thanks.


For the health of my family
For the time on this earth I have been given
For my children who have grown into really nice young men and make me proud
For a marriage that has weathered it’s share of life’s challenges and stays strong through it all

These are the things I am most thankful for. The rest is icing on the cake.

And now I can go back to my “maniac ways” and dash out to get my turkey, fill the house with food for my hungry college students and start on my pumpkin pie.

About Shari

I am a two-time cancer survivor and patient advocate. Diagnosed as a young adult, at age 25 with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, I had to quickly face the reality of life’s curveballs. My treatment offered a potential cure while at the same time, underestimated the long term side effects including a secondary cancer (breast cancer) nine years later. Shortly after my breast cancer treatment ended, my youthful, seemingly healthy mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and passed a year later. I have lived the cancer experience as a patient and a family member/ caregiver and understand both sides. Life after treatment is often challenging emotionally and physically and there is a gap in providing needed support. I don’t consider cancer a gift as it is not something I would ever want to give to someone. Rather, I view cancer as an opportunity; one I received at an early point in my life to live intentionally, understanding how things can change at any moment. I live without regrets, fully understanding the gift and fragility of life.
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2 Responses to Take a Breather. It is Time to be Thankful.

  1. revmichaelkane says:

    Really nice post Shari, Happy Thanksgiving


  2. Shari says:

    Thanks so much. A very Happy Thanksgiving to you too!


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