Happy Thanksgiving

I just wanted to take a minute to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!!
I know from interacting with so many of you that the holidays can be rough on a lot of people. Society’s portrayal of celebrations involving big families, lots of food, and material goods, can, as one person commented, “put a spotlight on your own shortcomings.”
Just know that despite what you do or don’t have this holiday, this particular celebration starts with thankfulness. This is your life, you are in control of what you look at, so when you feel like the spotlight is on what you don’t have, shift it over to shine on what you do.
I’m choosing to spend this holiday holding what I have so close to my face that I will be unable to look past it and view what I don’t have. If I choose to look at my blessings, I won’t be able to see my disappointments.
If you will, do me a favor and list a couple of things things in the comment section that you are thankful for, maybe a blessing that hasn’t always been so apparent to you.

When you belong to a community like this one, a wonderful group of sometimes hurting hearts, it helps to remind each other that even while we are hurting, we are still healing. That the blessings are there even when they aren’t as obvious as we would like them to be.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.
May the spotlight shine so brightly on your blessings today that you are blind to anything beyond their view.


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  • Mzfuzz
    November 27, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I'm thankful for this blog that helps remind me that I'm not alone, and that there's more to the world than the petty things I let bother me in my own life.I'm also thankful for the internets, that have allowed me to find and connect with so many people I would never have had the pleasure of knowing otherwise.

    • NotMyShametoBear
      November 28, 2014 at 7:13 am

      Aw 🙂

      I’m glad that you have found your place in the internet community 🙂

  • Anonymous
    November 27, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I must agree with Mzfuzz about being thankful for this blog as a great place to have some healinspiration. 🙂 And the internet for showing lots and lots of ideas and people, who can help in making my way as I go. I am also very thankful for my strong will power to look for those things till I find what I need. I could not be more thankful for my little sister for awakening a loving human in my abused soul for the first time, my brother, my friends and even those not-so-close aquaintainces that make this world seem to be a more cozy and warm place by just being around. Even if I had one third of those people or just one person like that, I'd feel thankful for having someone to love, for love itself and for a living soul.I am thankful for being able to sleep. For not having panic attacks the whole month. For National Novel Writing month that made me write so much that there was nothing left to obsessively overthink about.I am thankful that it was snowing today and for the frosty glitters in the grass, on the roof and walls, and everywhere. Recently I thought I killed my right ear and aint gonna hear with that one anymore, so after a week of feeling like I'm in a bubble I see my hearing is a great gift after all. I am not so thankful for those earplugs though and will think twice before ever using them again. If I think about it, I am lucky to have my sight too after having those clumsy pencil sharpener/super glue incidents few years ago.I am thankful for so much more, but I think I have already spammed this enough. :)Happy Thanksgiving to you too,Helen

    • NotMyShametoBear
      December 28, 2014 at 7:12 am

      I’m thankful for finding myself this year and the family I have built 🙂 I’m also not only thankful for all of you being on this journey with me, but for you sharing yours with me!

    • NotMyShametoBear
      December 28, 2014 at 7:15 am

      What a great list!! Thank you for sharing that with us Helen. I think a lot of people take so many of those things for granted that it’s nice to be reminded of what awesome gifts they really are.

      I’m happy that you have all those things to be thankful for 🙂


  • butterfly14
    November 28, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    I am thankful for my health, my family and my friends. My body aches most of the time but its from age and over use, not abuse. My family and friends hold my emotional health in check and I'm blessed to have them all in my life. After reading the comments on this blog over the past few months, it brings that realization to my entire being. Enjoy the season all…. as Eden says “may your blessings shine so brightly that they blind you to anything beyond their view!”

  • CD
    December 1, 2014 at 1:03 am

    I'm thankful for the family I still have, the friends that have become like family, and that my existence on this planet is no longer dependent on the roles that others tried to define for me. Also thanks to you, Eden, and the many others on teh interwebz that have helped me realize this, and that I'm not alone in my experience. Seriously, what would we have done if this were 20 years ago?

  • Jim F
    December 11, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    I am thankful for my three wonderful daughters which make my life a treasure, one I never knew I could have, my wife and CIM

  • Jim F
    December 11, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    And I must also add that your blog is great! And Im thankful for it and feeling like I'm getting to know you.

    • NotMyShametoBear
      December 15, 2015 at 12:17 am

      Thank you!


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