Sunday, 12 October 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

To all those in Canada (or anywhere else celebrating!), Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! This holiday allows us to all take the time to reflect on what we have and are thankful for. Of course, we really should do this everyday...but Thanksgiving is the one day that you should really take to count your blessings.
 
If I were to list all my blessings and what I'm thankful for, I would never be done! God is so good to us - He gives us so many blessings. One of these blessings is knowing that He loves us unconditionally. In honour of Thanksgiving, I have decided to list some things I am thankful for. I am also going to take this as an opportunity to let others know how thankful I am for having them in my life. Mom, Dad, and Nansy - I love you more than you can imagine. I am so blessed to have you three in my lifer. You never gave up on me, even in my worst days in the ICFU. To all my readers and friends, I am thankful for your love, kindness, encouragement, and support. I would never have come this far if it weren't for you all. And first and foremost, God, I am thankful for Your love and strength. I am thankful that You allowed me to experience struggling with ED, because this journey has made me who I am today. I thank the Lord for giving me the courage to openly speak about my experiences so that others can learn about ED and mental health.

Here are some more things I am thankful for...what is on YOUR Thanksgiving list? I am thankful for:
-life. Even though it gets challenging, I am thankful to be alive.
-my health. We all struggle with health issues, but it could always be worse. I am thankful for being able to breathe, eat, sleep, talk, see, walk, move, hear, write, etc.
-school and work. Life gets stressful, especially with work demands and assignments. But I am thankful for these, because my education allows me to interact with the world and to constantly use my brain to learn and teach others. I am thankful for work because it keeps me busy, allows me to use my talents and gifts, and provides money to pay the bills.
-my church and faith. I wouldn't be anywhere if it weren't for my faith, the Bible, and my church community. I am thankful to be a child of God.
-nature and the Earth. The Sun and stars are beautiful. Flowers make everything look pretty! Oceans show us God's power. The moon fills the sky at night. Animals are evidence of God's creation. Everything in nature reminds me of how much God loves us.
-challenges. Difficult as they may be, each new experience and struggle helps me grow and learn. I have become wiser and stronger because of every obstacle I have faced.

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!" (Psalm 107:1)

53 comments:

  1. happy THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY MY LOVELY DEAR FRIEND THAT GOD SENT YOU TO SEE OVER THE WEB

    I WILL CONTINUE TO BE THANKFUL TO YOU AND THIS IS THE TIME OF THE YEAR THAT I AM SENDING HEARTFELT THANKS AND CONGRAT

    JP

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  2. Happy thanks giving Marina

    Anastashia

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  3. Happy thanks giving

    Fabian

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  4. I am sending you my best wishes

    Carlos

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  5. Happy TKNGV

    Hazel

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  6. Let me thank you this thanksgiving day
    You helped me lots through this blog

    Nanaraj

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  7. You helped me overcome my tendency to relapse on alcohol and I am so thankful

    Carlos

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  8. Happy thanksgiving Marina, every day I thank God for having you in our life. God bless you and bless your service.

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  9. You are a head of me/ Marina.

    I want to thank you for the excee;nt work you have done for your family,community and ED victims and their families and also mental health victims and thier families.

    I would like to thank you and wish you very happy thanksgiving to you and your family on behalf of myself,my clients and all your readers.

    Kelly W
    Toronto

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  10. I am also very grateful and thankful to you as without your motivation I would have been dead by now.
    You helped me to get to treatement and I recovred and I am catching up with what I lost because of ED.
    I am thankful that you helped me,through this wonderful blog, to make the cahnges in life and to identify my health as number one goal and the rest can be done sooner or later .I am now doing what you and me are preeching tp others after our recovery
    Exercise,sleep and eat and mind your day,forget the past and no wworries about future.

    Anne

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  11. I want thank you for your commitemnt.
    Happy Thanks giving

    Regaldo

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  12. I wish you very happy Thnaksgiving

    Morandan

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  13. I am thankful to you and very impressed with your talents and skills and not only self recorverd from serious disease but reaching out to others in unprecendented way.

    Happy Thanksgiving

    Mary
    Mississauga

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  14. You are the best and deserves everybody to thank you

    Clorado

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  15. I wish you very happy Thanksgiving.

    Eric

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  16. Thank you.

    Jenn
    Welland

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  17. You taught me how to love myself and normalize my body image when every one calls me "growing woman"s breast"
    You helped me regain myself respect and confidence and
    I am very thankful

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  18. Your blog has been comforting to those who struggle and I can tell why most of my Iraqi citzens stick to reading this blog.
    Happy ThanksG

    Razan

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  19. You are welcome


    Savana

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  20. Thank God for having good person and wonderful blog like yours.

    Blanchette

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  21. Happy Thanksgiving to you

    Zak

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  22. While I have Indian background,I am proud to admit that I learnt Mindfullness and stress managemnt from your blog and that is why today I pay you standing ovation and respectful happy Thanksgiving

    Kapoor

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  23. Very happy to have you in mmy life .

    Nagy

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  24. Thank you for this wonderful post
    Your family is proud to have you

    Malak

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  25. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family


    Sebastian

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  26. I thank you and wish you happiness

    Fernandez

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  27. Happy one to you.

    Maritza

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  28. It is time to thank you

    Maysoon

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  29. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

    Shady

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  30. You are doing amazing job and this is the time to thank and congratulate you

    Mays

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  31. What an amazing young man who is deserving the best congratulations and thanks.

    Hend

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  32. We ought to thank you

    Delfina

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  33. We thank you and give you a standing ovation

    Helga

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  34. We are thankful for you and this blog and We wish to clone you.


    Hend

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  35. I trust last year was so productive for you.
    May God bless you

    Sally

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  36. We are blessed to have your friendship and thank you

    Pierrette

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  37. Good work deserve a huge thank you.

    Nazlin

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  38. I owe a big thank you to you and your wonderful blog

    Sorina

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  39. Happy thanks giving to you too

    Oswaldo

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  40. Thank you

    Soharto

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  41. Happy TKNG

    Terryberry

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  42. We pay you respect

    Felix

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  43. Eating Disorders make SURE that you don't have a VOICE. It's not allowed, and we use our bodies as a way to compensate, to express the unspeakable. We are silenced and held prisoner, risk our lives and suffer untold years, sometimes decades of pain, deprivation, self abuse, neglect; and it's not our fault. We deserve better.

    The problem with finally learning to HAVE a voice and USE that voice that used to be taken up by our eating disorder is not only having to learn the HARD WAY about speaking up and its consequences, it's learning to pick our battles, to stand our ground. It's HARD, because if we have never been allowed to learn these things it can be a real challenge, and before we learn to put something else in place to deal with the left over behaviours and thoughts, we can accidentally hurt ourselves and others. I can only hope we can forgive and learn, grow and thrive, find peace within ourselves and look forward to sharing our voices, united against the deadly silences of eating disorders
    AH

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  44. Happy one

    Rodica

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  45. Yes Marina and AH and all of us
    We all got to get united in one voice against ED
    ED away from our turf.
    You are welcome
    Happy thanks giving week to all of us

    With my humble respect


    Muhammad

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  46. You,Thank you

    Jacinda

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  47. Happy thanks giving to you

    Vuk

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  48. Happy day and thank God and Marina

    Pyiush

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  49. You taught me to love and respect my self for who I am and I am very thankful to you and this blog

    Gerry

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  50. Thanks everyone - I am certainly thankful for all of you! :)

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