|These pages show the flap from the last spread before it is opened. The themes touched on are: laughter, Celebration, Thanksgiving, Friends and Family, Neighborhood, and Health|
When the “Celebration” Day challenge for “An Attitude of Gratitude” journal came up, and as I was working in the journal, I suddenly felt the wounds of my family’s brokenness, and the loss of traditions I once valued. I was hit with grief. Then the thought came that there are probably many people who share similar feelings this time of year with depression, disability, disease, distance, and even death. Holidays can be a sad reminder of what we don’t have or have lost. Disappointment and hurt can easily set in. I was sinking.
|Flap is opened revealing the writing|
I needed to refocus and the first thing I did was to name and give thanks for the family members I have loving relationships with. I was already feeling better, knowing I have so much to be thankful for. Then I asked myself, “What traditions do we have that I can count on?” The first thing that came to mind is we cook together, and fix some of the same dishes each year. No matter where we are for Thanksgiving, we are all making and eating corn casserole and superb sweet potato casserole (recipe compliments of my dear friend Sharon, another person to be thankful for). Then my other dear friend, Kim, and I had a conversation where we expressed the same kind of loss and longing. Knowing someone else understood brought comfort. We talked about the freedom that has come as a result of the losses, and could be grateful.
|detail of edge: Laughter, Health|
A friend posted this prayer on Facebook from https://www.facebook.com/beliefchangers: