Thankful (Dec. 4)

Thanksgiving 2019 is now history; this is something we say every year—“Look how fast the year has gone by.” Everyone posted what they are thankful for on social media and for a few days people were civil for the most part. Many of my older friends are experiencing holidays without parents and older loved ones. As my mother got older I took over making Thanksgiving dinner; she was quite amazed at my culinary skills. My mother was a good cook but I learned a lot about cooking by reading cookbooks and recipes in the newspaper.

I have been thinking about what I am thankful for and I think about these things daily. You may remember me sharing my cancer reoccurrence with you. Last week I paid a visit to my doctors and all is good, they said to come back in a year. I was ecstatic. Please make your annual visits to your physician and listen to what they say. I am trying hard to eat better and putting more movement in my life. I actually feel better.

I’m thankful for friends who invited me over for Thanksgiving dinner and made me feel welcome. If you have friends who don’t have family or are from a small family, think about including them for dinner. It feels good to get to a certain age in life and realize that your plan for the future worked out pretty well. Of course there are always a few bumps in the road but that’s life.

I’m so thankful for a roof over my head, a car to drive and family and friends. We often complain about life and our surroundings, instead we should look around us and be thankful for what we have. If you are unhappy with your life you and only you can change it. Do you need to save more money, maybe you need to stop smoking or cut back on alcohol. So many times we are in denial about our lives.

I read a lot of self-help books and also watch shows like “My 600 Pound Life” and “Extreme Hoarders.” I think I’m good as far as not being a candidate for “My 600 Pound Life” but it is an eye-opener. You don’t get to that size overnight, if you are watching that show you should be soaking up the message, which is “move more and eat less.” People don’t always overeat because it tastes good—often food is used as a way to self-medicate.

That is the same thing with hoarding. It is so easy now to become a hoarder. Clothes are much cheaper, there are tons of thrift stores and many people buy things just because they are inexpensive. Many times we don’t need what we are buying but because of the good price we feel we can’t pass it up. Often we have the same thing somewhere at home. Think about what you are buying and what you are eating, do you need it? With food eat half and save leftovers for the next day. Be thankful for what you already have.

by Debbie Norrell, Courier Lifestyles Editor

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