After my cancer diagnosis last April, I received many cards and gifts from loved ones, friends and even strangers. One of the gifts I received was a book called The Attitudes of Gratitude- How to give and receive joy every day of your life. At the time, I just looked at the title, thought about it for a minute and decided to put it in the basket in the bathroom for some possible future reading material.
A few months ago, I picked up the book and randomly opened it up to a page and read it. Each quote has maybe a page or two of reading to follow. I have opened up to the same quote a few times now.
"If you haven't got all the things you want, be grateful for the things you don't have that you don't want." -Anonymous.
Maybe it is that my head is in a much different place today, and while they all are pretty inspirational quotes, this particular quote resonated with me the most.
Having a breast cancer diagnosis at age 36 has taken a lot of things away from me. Some things more permanently than others. It's hard not to feel for these losses. It's also hard not to look at others my age and be envious of the things they have that I might want now or one day in the future.
Do I have all the things I want? Of course not, but certainly there are a lot of things out there that I don't want! Seems so simple but sometimes the simple concepts are the hardest for me to grasp.