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By Shannon Penrod

I’m struck today by the idea of giving thanks.  I consider myself a very grateful person, I think thanks a great deal; I even say thanks and thank you with regularity – but do I really “give” thanks? What does “giving” thanks really mean?  I have a feeling it requires a great deal more than just muttering a thank you while passing a platter of roasted poultry.

I don’t know, but I feel compelled to make a list of what I’m truly thankful for.  So here goes:

I’m thankful for my husband who makes me laugh harder and longer than any person on earth.

I’m thankful for my amazing child who works harder than anyone I have ever known.

I’m grateful to CARD to Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, Sienna Greener-Wooten, Sabrina Tooma, Peter Farag, Amy Fuentes and all of the therapists who have come to our home for the last four years to help our son recover from Autism.

I’m grateful for my mother, for her still being alive and having a great, albeit long distance, relationship with my son.

I’m grateful for my nieces and nephews and the people they have become.  I’m grateful to my siblings for having them.

I’m every so grateful to all of our friends and family who have supported us and laughed with us as we have all faced so many hurdles in the last few years.

I’m thankful that my friend Natasha is cancer free.

I’m thankful that my friend Ron is getting ready to battle his cancer.

I’m thankful to have seen so many old friends this summer, and so sorry that Terri could not have been among them.

I’m thankful for my sister friend Therese for constantly teaching me about humility, grace and healing.

I’m thankful for the wonderful circle of woman who constantly surround me offering support, guidance, acknowledgement, understanding, acceptance and laughter.

I’m thankful for Crystal and Peter Sheppard for being phenomenal realtors and even better people, and for being a light on a very dark path.

I’m thankful for my interns who are teaching me more than I could have imagined, and thankfully they are patient with me.

I’m thankful for Tova and Gwen who stand on either side of me holding my hands, keeping me sane and present.

I’m thankful to Ally LoPrete and my new family at Toginet Radio, for helping me to have a voice that I didn’t know I had.

I’m thankful for all of my students and my life coaching clients for constantly revealing to me how beautiful life really is.

I’m thankful for the roof over my head, the food on my plate and every dirty dish that is in my sick because they are all signs of how truly blessed I am.

And of course I am thankful and grateful for the presence of God in my life.

The list goes on and on and includes Oprah, full fat yogurt, bubble baths, wireless internet, frozen blueberries and brown rice tortillas among others, but you get the idea.


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