Thanksgiving Thoughts - What Are YOU Thankful For?

  1. As we head into Thanksgiving week, Black Friday and Christmas soon after, this is what I am thankful for:

    1. My family. My husband of 36 years - we've been thru some incredibly rough times and yet we always seem to somehow pull thru. We don't agree on everything and thats okay but we both try to come to a middle ground and come up with a solution. Our sons: our oldest and his wife and three beautiful kids - love them so much. All are healthy this year. Our youngest son is doing okay in his situation - four more years of this.... His son is such a joy and we are very fortunate to be able to spend time with him.

    2. Nursing - I've been in nursing 24 years this year - have been afforded many opportunities and am very lucky to have a great job and to work with some of the best APNs in the business.

    Thru AN - I've met some of the best nurses around. Those of you that have PM'd me with questions/comments - I hope that i have provided some good advice and admitted when I made a mistake.

    3. Religion - I won't make delve into this too deep but just want to say that a spiritual connection is more important to me this year then ever.

    So - what are you thankful this season?
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  2. 26 Comments

  3. by   nutella
    I am thankful for the fact that I was able to create a life for myself that is rewarding and meaningful although I grew up in circumstances commonly seen as "bad."

    It included running away age 16 after growing up in poverty, with violence and severe abuse and living in a children's home and transition apartment after I ran away. The day I feared for my life more than any other day, and rightfully so, I heard a voice saying "you need to get out now" very urgently. It enabled me throw some stuff into a bag, tell my mother I would leave and never come back, and run.

    My life now is all I could wish for including a good spouse, children who are already in college and highschool, a profession that I love and that has given me many opportunities for professional and personal growth, the ability to go back to school for higher education - I am almost done with me MSN and plan on applying to a PhD program.
    I am thankful for the spiritual community I am a part of.
    I am able to afford housing, clothes, and food without having to think about it every day and I have been able to provide my children with a life that is stable in every way.
  4. by   BSNbeDONE
    I'm thankful for being able to say that I still have two living parents, all three of my siblings, children, and grandchildren (family)! I'm also not only thankful, but grateful that I have been blessed to be able to take care of my mother, because of my career, when nobody else in the family could...no matter how inconvenient it was/is to my personal life/professional career. That's my mom, you know?

    I'm thankful for excellent health: 50+ years (adding another one come January) on this earth and on no medications whatsoever...truly been blessed!

    I'm thankful that throughout the many years of celebrations, successes, stress, heartache, disappointments, (you name it!), I've maintained my faith and belief in God, and as such, have yet to pick up a first-ever alcoholic drink. I'm thankful for strength. This, by the way, gives my brothers new and challenging ways to engage in the "who's going to be the one to trick 'BSNbeDONE' into taking that first drink" annual get-together. Mind you, as I've said many times on this forum, I trust no one...not even them.

    I'm just really thankful for every new day, and for the opportunity help someone each and every day. We don't all have people that worship the ground we walk on in our career. For those who don't worship my ground, I'm thankful for the opportunity to give them my absence. (Go Float Pool!!)

    Let's see. I've covered family, career, patients...what else? Oh yes, I'm thankful for allnurses.com for allowing all types of nurses to come here and share there experiences. From so many of you, I've learned so much....even the new grads. Your testimonies here help me to better serve and advise the new grads that I actually come in contact with on the job. For the experienced nurses, I continue to learn from you and I hope I've shared a tidbit or two that you can take with you, whether you use it or keep it in mind as to what not to do. Hey, nobody's perfect. And finally, I'm thankful for such an active (sometimes, too active) sense of humor. Life is far too serious to be taken seriously...all the time.

    All kidding aside, I'm in a good place in life, I have my head on straight in these trying times, and I'm able to be there for those less fortunate. I am really and truly thankful. Happy Thanksgiving season, Everyone!
  5. by   TheCommuter
    I am thankful for the realization that I do not know what I do not know. I am a continual work in progress. I continue to grow emotionally and otherwise.

    I am thankful for my material comforts. After spending a childhood in a financially stressed household complete with missed meals, disconnected utilities and repossessed cars, I am thankful I do not live a paycheck to paycheck existence.

    I am thankful for the act of forgiveness. I resented one parent for selfishly prioritizing a drug habit. I resented the other parent for enabling the addiction. I realized the resentment was eating away at me, so I chose to began working through my issues.

    I am thankful for my best friend. It is comforting to be able to talk about anything and everything to your closest friend.

    I am thankful for healthcare advancements that have bestowed a second chance at life upon me and a loved one.
  6. by   NurseGirl525
    I am thankful for my family. My husband and kids. I'm on my second marriage and my first was very difficult. I was very unhappy. Now, I'm so happy.

    im thankful I have a job I love and a career. I like to go to work now. Each shift is different and interesting.

    I'm thankful for my extended family and my close friends. I could not have made all these changes this past year without their support.

    I'm thankful I have a roof over my head, food in my fridge, and a car. I don't have to ever worry about paying my bills. Not having to worry about money is huge.
  7. by   meanmaryjean
    I'm thankful to have hot and cold running water, central heat, and ample access to food. I'm thankful that the worst thing in my life right now is that my son is moving out and still has his crap everywhere

    I'm thankful that I have never spent a dime on wheelchairs, cancer treatments or a therapist to teach any of my four kids to swallow or walk. I write those tuition checks with gratitude, even though it means I may never get to travel to the faraway places I dream of.

    I'm thankful that all four of my kids are decent human beings who would aid a stranger in need.
  8. by   amoLucia
    I'm having some bumpy issues, but I am very thankful because 'things could be worse'.

    Truly, there are folk out there that do have things worse. The homeless, disenfranchised veterans, domestic violence victims, the abused,
    families of those with gut-wrenching, devastating illnesses, political strife victims, other with jobs that put them in harm's way every shift worked, and more.

    I could pick comments from each previous PP that I cherish.

    Thinking Thanksgiving.
  9. by   kakamegamama
    Thank you for this opportunity....

    I am thankful for the One Who first loved me and gave His life for me.

    I am thankful for my "second blessing"---my husband who, after I lost my first one 14 years ago and said I'd only remarry if God plunked him down in front of me--was plunked down in front of me.....on the other side of the world. I'm certainly not deserving.

    I am thankful for a job that lets me work where I can be of help to people who really need it and allows me to go back to my other home to spend time with a people who I never thought I'd want to see again but who I have grown to love.

    I am thankful for my 3 "kids" and 8 grands, plus the "bonus" 3 and their kids.

    I am thankful for small town life and a place to hibernate if/when I want to while still enjoying sitting on my front porch.

    I am thankful for good health, although sometimes my body says "Ya gotta be kidding me! You want me to do what?!?" and then produces ouches and ooies....

    I am thankful for another clear mammogram (12th clear one in 10 years).

    I am thankful for the ability to go and do when many I know can't.

    I am thankful to have my daughter and her family home for Thanksgiving, back from overseas, for the first time in 3 year.
  10. by   Debilpn23
    I am thankful for many things . I'm thankful for my husband of 36 years . He drives me crazy sometimes but I love him.
    I'm thankful for my 2 daughters ,and granddaughter.
    I'm thankful for my mom and 3 siblings evenif I don ' t see them often as we ' re 1500 miles apart.
    I'm thankful to be 4 years cancer free.
    I'm thankful to finally have a job that seems to be the right fit . After moving from Mass to Florida.
  11. by   Emergent
    I'm thankful for the health of my family and my own. I give thanks for my nursing career, my job and coworkers. I appreciate my prosperity. Thanks for my pets too!

    I'm very grateful to live in the United States! Thank you God!
  12. by   Esme12
    I am thankful I am alive...it's been a slippery slope for the last 2 years with emergency surgery, sepsis, and healing wounds.

    I am thankful that I am getting better. I am thankful to the Massachusetts General Hospital Doc's and nurses who fought to save my life. I am thankful to the nurses and CNA's at Spaulding LTAC make me healthy again. I am thankful for my Home Care nurse L who makes me smile even when I am pouting for still needing care and the many physical therapists to help me gain back some strength.

    I am thankful for my sisters. I am thankful to my sister Amy who fought to save my life, being thoughtful on what to bring for the hospital (like lotion, chapstick, and food delivered to me). I am thankful for my Sis K (who has MS), Sis A and my Mom called me every day to save my sanity and sending goodies for the nursing staff. I am thankful for my Mom for just being Mom. I am thankful for my neighbor C for looking after my kiddos and sending food for them to eat.

    I am thankful for my Hubby who has been my nurse. I am thankful for his strength when I was terrified as I slipped into sepsis/SIRS. I have no way to repay you for being my nurse and evening dressing changer. I am thankful for my children A and N for just being the remarkable humans. I am thankful for my beloved Casper....my constant companion and helper...she is my best fried and just celebrated 13th birthday.

    I am thankful for my AN family who's love and support (TN and sirI) has lifted me in love and prayers. I am thankful for my AN friend who visited me (yes i know I need to call I promise I will...lol)

    I am thankful for being a nurse. I am thankful to God for looking after me and my prayers.

    In general I am just thankful.
  13. by   EaglesWings21
    I am thankful for the life God has given me. I have been through so much, but my family and I have stability and are provided for.
  14. by   NurseCard
    I'm thankful for many things! I am so fortunate!

    First of all, I'm thankful for my husband of 21 years, for putting up with me all this time!!

    I'm thankful for my two healthy children, a daughter who just turned 14, and a son who is 9.

    I'm thankful to have landed in a nursing job in which I am very very happy, and hope to stay in until I retire... Or at the very least, stay with the same great company.

    I'm thankful for a warm home, a roof over my head, and plenty of food to eat.

    I'm thankful for my family; my parents who are still living, and my brother, and my grandmother who turned 90 yesterday!

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