With Thanksgiving Day just two days away, it is always a time when I contemplate my life and how I am living it.
I think about all the things for which I am most thankful:
The health and well-being of my family
I evaluate decisions and actions I have taken over the past year. Did I act out of love? Did I act out of jealousy or envy? Did I say things out of ignorance or incomplete information?
I make goals or resolutions for my future. No, I do not make New Year's resolutions which can often be a cliche and not taken seriously. By looking at my life from the perspective of giving thanks, my resolutions to be a better person take on a deeper meaning.
Today I am giving a talk on H.O.P.E. It is a perfect topic for this season of the year especially with the current world, national, and local events. Hope requires courage and confidence; it is a prayer; not just wishful thinking.
I recently gave a talk in Washington D.C. about a particular aspect of my journey with ovarian cancer. It centered around time...what do we do with our time? Do we spend each moment in silent fear, regrets, or in joy and love? I am grateful for each moment.
Time, hope, and thankfulness are all tied together. This Thanksgiving I am grateful for the past nine years I have had, for my ability to share my gifts of writing and public speaking, for the doctors and nurses who have provided such beautiful and expert medical care, for the Tesaro Pharmaceutical Company that has invited me to be a part of their outreach regarding ovarian cancer, and I am most deeply grateful for my husband, family, and friends who have supported and encouraged me.
My prayer is that you will also take this time of year to share your thankfulness, to contemplate how you are living your life, and to resolve to live a life of hope, serenity, and gratefulness.