It is that time again.
You know: turkey, dressing and the three-month cancer scan.
Even though I am in remission and am feeling good, a week before the scan I begin to feel anxious and testy.
I start to worry about random, little things. Then I start to worry about big things that I have no control over. As the days go by I get so anxious I finally ask myself “What is going on?”
“THE SCAN is coming,” says myself.
“Oh, that. Well, it will be OK, I feel really good. I trust things will be clear.”
“But what if it’s not…” my contrarian self says. My mind spins off into dozens of imaginative scenarios – none pleasant, most terrible. I am filled with dread.
When these times come, I’ve learned it helps to pray an “out of my hands” prayer and then list things I am grateful and give praise for. It only takes a few minutes, works wonders and there are no wrong answers. As it is that season, here is my list for today.
- Birds that sing
- Flowers that express themselves
- Spirited children
- Mischievous dogs
- Faith of generations
- Never-ending, never-changing love
- Walks outdoors
- Neighbors who care
- Neighbors in need of care
- Rain drops
- New moons
- Candle flames
- Food growers
- Field workers
- Medical research
- Compassionate healthcare professionals
Share your gratitude. Make your own gratitude list in the comments. Spread your joy to others.