Thanksgiving.   It is a day of food, family, parades, and the start of the holiday shopping stress season.   It started as a day to give thanks for the harvest, community, and family.   We have lost an important opportunity with the change in focus.   The act of giving thanks.

My life changed on April 25, 2011, when I sustained a head injury in a car accident.   I have lost much of what I enjoyed previously, at least temporarily.   Some losses may be permanent my Army career is in jeopardy.

Yet, I have much to be thankful for.  I am alive and recovering my health.   I am surrounded by friends and family who have helped me through the last few months.  Out of my injury came a close friendship that may not have otherwise developed.   I am blessed with the presence of three ferrets and a kitten; constant sources of comfort, laughter, and love.   I have a roof over my head, plenty of food to eat, and a nice car.   I recently recovered enough to start playing my horn again and I still have a gift for music.  As I write this post, I hear the wind blowing and leaves rattling at my door.  I have the beauty of the world and nature.

This morning, I ran in my first road run since the injury.  The morning was chilly at 35 degrees with a clear  blue sky and sunny.   I completed a 5k Turkey Trot in just over 22 minutes.  My original plan was to take it easy and just enjoy the run.  However, I found the crowd bothersome.  There was too much commotion.   So, I decided I needed to get away from the pack and off I went.      I felt sick and fuzzy towards the end of the run.  It’s hard to find the words to describe the sensory overload.  My eyes “tug” and my mind feels “fuzzy.”  I am not dizzy but not balanced either.    It’s strange. After completing the run and resting a short time in my car, I felt fine.   I enjoyed the run.  It was a huge step (no pun intended) forward in recovery.  This wouldn’t have been possible a couple of months ago.   I went home and napped for an hour, then went over to my friend’s for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is an attitude.  An attitude we should have more than one day a year.

Blessings small and large
Go unseen until joys lost
Remember with thanks.