Everyone is happy enough to shovel food into their mouths during the Thanksgiving holiday but how much time during this season of eating and shopping (lets call it like it is, folks) do we take to really count our blessings? To whit:

I teach at a college. I have students of all ages. What do I have better to do with my time than a little impromptu social experiment? Every class, I usually allot about 5 minutes to giving the students an opportunity to talk about what is going on in their lives-just stream of consciousness type rants. Stories. Tales of the weekend. What’s new and fresh.

The one thing I have noticed from the “content” generated over the last several weeks is that better than 80% is negative. What happened that is bad, or really sucks.

Tonight, I asked what everyone is thankful for. No negativity allowed. A class of 11 people took over 25 minutes to answer that question. Might not sound like a lot of time, but when you’re standing there, arms folded staring at people, waiting for them to say what they’re thankful for, it seems like FOREVER!

Here’s the funny part–most of my students had really awesome things that they were thankful for. It’s not that they WEREN’T thankful, they just had to dig a little deeper to find the good stuff. One boy was thankful his mom beat cancer. Another girl was thankful her grandparents are healthy and are the motivation for her to stay in school and keep working hard. Another young fellow was thankful that he’s survived a gnarly car accident over the summer.

Ok, they weren’t ALL that deep–I did hear one expression of thanks for the “tight black pants that girls wear”…but you get my drift!

This holiday season when the nation is literally in turmoil and so many people are tense, angry, grim and ready to lash out we may need to dig a little deeper, but the GOOD is there. We all have a LOT to be thankful for and I am reminded of that on a daily basis. So rather than keep it to myself, I am going to focus my blog posts for the next 7 days on the blessings in my life that I have encountered from living the last 13 years of my life with diabetes.

I am psyched about this direction though, because I have said before (and will say it many more times) diabetes (like any challenge) is what you make of it. I’m looking forward to this!